Please give a big welcome to ANNE EVANS to my blog.
rem: Welcome to my blog, Anne. Let’s start by telling us three things about yourself.
Anne Evans: I hold a master’s in counseling and am working on my license.
I’m a military spouse.
I’m the mom of a rambunctious, adorable little 3-year-old.
rem: You’ve got your hands full – with just the three year old!! What is your most treasured possession?
Anne Evans: My house probably. We bought a foreclosure and I painted every single room in that house as well as spackling and caulking molding, and sewing window fixtures.
rem: As an Interior Designer, I share your enthusiasm! What is your greatest fear?
Anne Evans: What people will say about me i.e. peer pressure. I’m working on having thicker skin.
rem: I think that’s the artist part of you – seems to be not so uncommon for us artsy peeps. What is your favorite quotation and why?
Anne Evans: Well it changes all the time. But right now it’s this quote from Danny Gokey’s song “More Than You Think I Am” which is a praise song written from the point of view of God talking to us. I love the song because it talks about how God is so much greater and loves us so much more than we could ever imagine.
“You always think I’m somewhere on a mountain top
But never think, behind bars
You’d be amazed the places that I go
To be with you, where you are.”
rem: What a great reminder that He is always with us! What do you most value in a friend?
Anne Evans: Loyalty. I always think of Proverbs 18:24a “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin . . .” NIV
rem: Without loyalty, what is there? What quality do you most admire in a woman?
Anne Evans: Strength mixed with kindness. Sorry to cheat and pick two, but I really think they go together.
rem: You’re allowed to pick two – it’s what’s important that is, well, important. What do you do as a hobby?
Anne Evans: Well, considering how much money I haven’t made writing I could call writing a hobby. J I also love to work out, swim, walk, and garden. As my husband can attest, the minute the sun starts shining, I’m outdoors.
rem: See? Now this is why we’ve hit it off so well you and I! minus the working out part….. Dogs or Cats? Which do you prefer?
Anne Evans: Can I just say that rabbits are way better than either? J I grew up with a mini-lop rabbit whose name is in far too many of my internet passwords for me to reveal it here.
rem: Sure, you can say it… LOL My kids had some wonderful story books about a lop eared rabbit. We loved those books! If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be and why?
Anne Evans: When I was younger, I would have selected someone who had thrilling adventures in the Middle Ages or the Wild West. But after a few too many exhausting adventures as a military spouse, I have learned to value my creature comforts. So I think I’d be boring and select someone from the 21st century who has a nice mansion and electricity.
rem: Electricity does come in handy. Also running water. And I’d be happy to design a nice mansion for you!! wink wink Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?
Anne Evans: From reading. You can’t write without reading. I also get ideas from movies and real life escapades.
rem: Silly question really, ideas are everywhere are they not? What is your Writing Routine?
Anne Evans: Help my three-year-old down the playground slide while dreaming wistfully of those days a few months ago when “Joe-Joe” used to take two-hour naps. But seriously, I really need to get back to a good writing routine.
rem: There’s routing and then there are priorities – I like your priorities. What are your Top Writing Tips?
Anne Evans: Fill the blank paper with words. You can always edit later.
rem: Good words. Tell us about your current project.
Anne Evans: I have a lot of non-fiction partial proposals out to publishers right now, so if I get a contract, I will instantly start writing and editing those. But while I wait, I’ve been playing with the idea of writing a romantic suspense. It would center around an atheist Ivy League graduate student who travels to Saudia Arabia as part of her thesis project in Arabic studies and ends up entangled in Al Qaeda. For the romance part, I’m thinking a Christian Army Ranger stationed in Yemen. Though he could be CIA. I haven’t decided yet. Just definitely not a marine. There are way too many marines in romance novels already.
Disclaimer: I’m an Army spouse. 😉
rem: As a writer I’ve come to appreciate more genres and more authors than ever before. Ivy League and Saudia Arabia has quite a ring to it. Tell us a little about your book, What’s a Foster Family?
Anne Evans: What’s a Foster Family? is the story of an only child, Alex, whose parents start fostering. The picture book is written for the 3-7 year old crowd and answers questions bio or adopted children may have if their parents start fostering. My goal with What’s a Foster Family? was to raise awareness for foster families and foster kids.
rem: Anne, you have some heavy and intense interests: mental health issues, domestic violence, adoption and foster care. How do you balance everything?
Anne Evans: Haha, is “I don’t” an answer? I’ve always had eclectic interests and I just focus on things as they come up. I absolutely cannot do everything at once and still be mom to a 3-year-old, or a sane person for that matter. An acquiring editor of a major publishing house once told me I should focus on a single subject for my blog. After she said that, I tried for about a month. Then I realized it was a hopeless cause and gave up. My favorite part of writing is the excuse to be interested in a ton of different things at once and do lots of research on them.
rem: Again with the priorities! Kudos to you! Tell us what piqued your interest in foster care, and your journey with that.
Anne Evans: The first time I knew I wanted to be a foster mom was when I was about 10 years old. A new foster mom brought a sibling set of four beautiful little preschool/toddler girls to our homeschool PE class. I spent a lot of time playing with those sweet girls and completely fell in love. Just this month my husband and I got licensed as foster parents in the state of Colorado. So we shall see what adventures God brings our way through that.
rem: Congratulations on your licensing! Tell us about Circling Orphans with Love.
Anne Evans: Over 20,000 children age out of foster care every year without ever being able to go home or be adopted. Some of the hardest to place kids are listed on public websites called “heart galleries” across the United States. I’m encouraging people to share a link to their state’s heart gallery on social media. Read more about my campaign and find links to your state’s heart gallery here: http://annegarboczievans.blogspot.com/2015/03/circling-orphans-with-love.html
Anne holds a Master’s in Counseling and Bachelor’s in Classical Liberal Arts. She has had a passion for writing historical fiction ever since reading Rosemary Sutcliff’s novels as a preteen. She wrote her first full length novel at fifteen. She is a military spouse and mother to a little boy, “Joe-Joe.”
Her inspiration for Scorched Earth came from moving to the Colorado Rockies. She loves reading Christian fiction and wanted to weave a lighthearted tale about love, rivalry, and the taming of the west.
When not writing, you can find Anne reading Dr. Seuss for the 100th time, vainly attempting to potty train Joe-Joe, or working on her fixer-upper house with her husband.
I Had a Brain Attack—While the average American knows the symptoms of a heart attack, many don’t know the symptoms of mental health issues. Christians especially are often too quick to write off mental health as a lack of faith or be ashamed of their mental health struggles. As a mental health counselor with a Master’s from Liberty University, Anne shares about mental health in the Bible, modern advances in mental health, and how a Christian woman can bring a Biblical understanding of mental health into her and her family’s lives.
Alex’s an only child who’s used to having Mommy and Daddy all to himself.
So when his parents start doing foster care and little Malik joins their home, Alex’s not so sure he’s happy about sharing.
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