The Literary Vixen presents…
Joining us today is Eva Finley! Her debut novel, The Sun Daughter’s Gift released November 15th 2020.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m thirty-five, I live in Michigan, which is the ninth state I’ve lived in. I work a full time job and I’m currently taking online classesto get my associates degree in paralegal studies.
How long have you been writing?
I’d like to say since I was fifteen, which was twenty years ago, because that’s the short answer lol, but I realized when I thought about it, I started writing when I was 9. I had this puppet show stand that I set up for the kids in my neighborhood. I sold small bags of popcorn and told a story that I’d made up on the spot. At 11 I wrote a story in middle school based on an idea I got from the shape of someone’s ears, and I mean that in a good way. It wasn’t until I was fifteen though that my writing really took off and hasn’t stopped.
Describe a typical writing day.
I like to pull out all my notebooks and binders that contain information about the book I’m working on. Then I pull out my USB that holds all my stories and pull up my folder specifically for that story. Sometimes I know what I’m going to work on, and others I don’t know until I have everything laid out in front of me. One day I might work on the outline if I’ve got an idea for a new scene, write a scene, go through my story bible and work on my worldbuilding, or type up what I’ve written in my notebooks. I’m usually so focused on writing that I’ll forget to eat something, because I don’t want to stop.
Where do you get your inspiration for your books?
From everything, everyone, and everywhere. This is not an exaggeration. The first series that I ever wrote, I got the idea when I looked at a skeleton key lock on our old basement door when I was fifteen. A simple word someone says can spark an idea, something I read could spark an idea, like it did for my current book The Sun Daughter’s Gift.
What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
That even though you’re afraid of something, because let’s face it, we’re all afraid of something, you shouldn’t let that fear stop you from doing what’s right, or from doing something you want to do.
What is the significance of the title?
Besides the fact this is the first story I’ve written where the title never changed. The title itself is what helps set the story in motion. It’s what the main character receives, I don’t want to give it away, and what she decides to do with the gift that decides what happens.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Imaginative, passionate, and a little crazy in a good way, I do write fantasy after all.
What was the highlight of writing this book?
Believe it or not, the highlight was when I was completely done with it, I realized that if I added twelve of more scenes that are told from the future, it would make it even better. I knew it was bound to drive me crazy in the process, but if I could pull it off it would be amazing.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?
I’m currently working on a YA magical realism trilogy called The Academy of Elements.
What advice would you give to other authors?
No matter how many people tell you to stop writing, DON’T STOP WRITING. Even if you get rejected over and over again DON’T STOP WRITING. I always tell myself I’ll keep trying until the day I die. It doesn’t matter how many people tell me no, I only need one to say yes.
What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?
If I keep getting ideas, I’ll keep writing. If someone were to ask me to stop writing it would be like asking me to stop breathing. About my books, that’s a hard one. The one thing the majority, if not all, of my books have in common is that I like to take the world we live in and make it magical, and not necessarily wizards or witches. They make you believe that anything magical could easily be happening right outside your door, you just haven’t seen it yet.
Thank you Eva Finley for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her release, The Sun Daughter’s Gift today!
One choice, can save the past.
One choice, can alter the future.
Pure light was all thirteen-year-old Claretta Arbogast had to fight the shadows that threatened to take over the Earth. It was the Earth’s misfortune she also happened to be afraid of the dark. Thrust into a battle against Shadow People from the dark side of the moon, she must use the power to create pure light, a gift she received from the Sun’s youngest daughter, to defeat them. With help from Daijon, who has a secret power, Claretta races to light the town against the dark, and save the Sun’s daughters.
Eva Finley’s journey began when she was born in Harvey, Illinois. At the age of eleven she got her first taste of writing. At the age of fifteen it became a passion, and she hasn’t stopped yet. She is the author of The Sun Daughter’s Gift, and has more stories to come.
When she’s not writing you can find her at her full time job. On her days off besides writing, you can find Eva reading, drawing, painting, taking online classes, teaching herself French, or hanging out with friends.
After moving most of her life, Eva has finally found her home in Michigan, though Hogwarts will always be her home, where she’s a proud Hufflepuff.
Official site www.evafinley.wordpress.com