IndieView with Stephen Evans, author of The Island of Always

I try to write first draft as quickly as possible. I decided I wanted to write something to increase awareness of the issue. I hired two marketing consultants, one for publicity (http://www.caitlinhamiltonmarketing.com) and one for online marketing (Libby Jordan – musubuink@gmail.com). And when the man she still loves has one more wild idea, Lena has a choice to make. Get your copy of   The Island of Always from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Did you hire a professional editor? Where do you live now? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I started the first part in 2000 and it was published in 2008 by Unbridled Books as The Marriage of True Minds. No outlines, ever. Then I usually work somewhat sequentially through the subsequent drafts. Sancho the puppet is based on a real puppet. Write the book that only you can write. Yes, I have a wonderful agent who has been very patient and supportive of my books. For this book in particular, Cervantes influence is pretty obvious, and maybe a lighter take on The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. I never edit during the first draft. And I usually have a glass of Coca Cola. I think my biggest concern in writing the second part was making sure I was true to the characters from the first part, that they evolved in ways that would not disappoint. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? What came easily? How long did it take you to write it? Maryland. Erratic. And maybe Delusional. The book is in two parts. In this funny and endearing extension of Stephen Evan’s The Marriage of True Minds (also included in this volume), we follow this Hepburn and Tracy-like pair through animal rescues and courtroom dramas toward an ending only Nick could foresee. All but one of the characters is fictitious. In general, Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, Neil Simon. I decided I wanted to write something to increase awareness of the issue. Now I am finding more joy in the writing itself. Sometimes a notion of a beginning and ending. End of Interview:
For more from Stephen, visit his website and blog, like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter. They are experienced professionals who are so easy to work with, and I’m very happy with what we have accomplished to date. But I was happy with them and they received good advance notices, so I decided to go ahead myself. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? The Island of Always is a fast-paced comic novel about a partnership that extends beyond law, beyond marriage, and possibly beyond reality. Many drafts for both followed. But when he ‘liberates’ the lobsters from Minneapolis grocery stores and loads them into the mayor’s pool, the ensuing media event goes one step too far. Do you outline? I often don’t know what I am going to work on when I sit down. I am very happy with the result. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Fay Jacobs is a friend, theater director, and author who taught me so much about comedy. Lately, I have not hired an editor, relying instead on many drafts myself and some friends who are very honest with me as readers. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? About the book
What is the book about? But then traditional publishing requires that now also in many respects. If so, can you please describe it? Sometimes. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Some friends and I are working on an evening of one-act plays, and I am writing a nonfiction book on the evolution of comedy. It used to be that I would just sit down at the computer and see what happened. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? My first book The Marriage of True Minds was published by a small publisher (Unbridled Books) and it was a very good experience for me. Do you have a target reader? Quixotic. Everything else tends to change a lot. The book is about Nick and Lena, two former Minneapolis Law partners who are also divorced from each other. I think more about story than readers while I’m writing. In terms of actual writing/editing time, I couldn’t really say. And his ex-wife and former law partner Lena inevitably comes to his rescue. Not really finger tapping but tapping into something. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? What would you like readers to know about you? A Transcendental Journey was submitted to close to 50. Do you listen to music while you write? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I hope that shows in the work. Classical for energy, New Age type music for contemplation. Brilliant. Nick, who was always unusual, has gotten more eccentric since the divorce; he gets in trouble trying to rescue animals, and Lena finds herself constantly going to his rescue. For whatever reasons (and I suspect they varied according to the book), the books I published myself never found a publisher. I think good editors are a great help. Lately I have taken to going for a walk before writing. About You
Where did you grow up? I hired Tanja Prokop of BookDesignTemplates.com. Where did you get the idea from? I do like having control of the process, but it involves an enormous amount of non-writing work. I picked up a magazine from an animal rescue organization called Best Friends and read an article on the millions of animals that were being euthanized in shelters every year. His passion for environmental and animal rights constantly gets him in trouble. Stephen Evans – January 28, 2019
The Back Flap
Nick is charming. I started the second part (Let Me Count the Ways) in 2014 and I published the combined work on January 6, 2019. Same place. The dialogue is easiest for me. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? But in general I would say I like to write smart funny gentle books for smart funny gentle people. The first draft of Let Me Count the Ways took about two months. Off and on for seventeen years or so. For much of my life I hated to write but loved having written. For The Marriage of True Minds, I had a freelance editor and also the publisher Fred Ramey as editor. While Lena fights to save Nick from being committed or going to prison, her hopes for a normal life are left dangling. When did you start writing the book? What are you working on now? I wrote the first draft of The Marriage of True Minds in about three weeks. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? And since I was publishing together, I tried to make sure that the two parts fit together smoothly. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I picked up a magazine from an animal rescue organization called Best Friends and read an article on the millions of animals that were being euthanized in shelters every year.