MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR EVA PASCO
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi, Amy! I’m honored and delighted to be featured at “My Books, My World”! My author name is Eva Pasco. Although I’ve published a Nonfiction Memoir collection and a Contemporary novella that is part of a fantasy anthology, I primarily consider my writing genre to be Contemporary Women’s Fiction.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre of Contemporary?
My interest in writing this genre stems from my reading preference for Contemporary/Literary Fiction. This genre affords me wide latitude to incorporate realistic plots and flawed, feisty females over forty who overcome or come to terms with their adversity.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My multi-award winning novel with a multi-meaning title, An Enlightening Quiche (2016), rose to the occasion after nearly 9 years of baking it! Here’s one of my shorter blurbs to convey the gist of it:
An heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry turn up the heat in a Rhode Island mill town rife with secrets and scandals, whereby a tragedy precipitated by reckless behavior alters the lives of those caught in the crossfire.
There is no rhyme nor reason as to how I came up with the story other than wanting to explore the depths of friendship among women, with the wild card of romantic love tossed in for good measure.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Since my author signature is that of incorporating local setting—my native state of Rhode Island—my research delves into historic events, geographic entities, and regional culture as it fits into the parameters of my work in progress. So, for An Enlightening Quiche, which features an impoverished mill, my research chased such topics as: The Industrial Revolution and Slater Mill of Pawtucket, RI; the Blackstone River; French-Canadian immigration to northern Rhode Island; colloquial expressions and “Canuck” cuisine.
For authenticating my protagonist’s introspective narratives, my research swerved to the Eighties, and then backpedaled to D-Day during WWII in conjunction with a minor character. I also meticulously looked up the weather for specific days in the year 2011, the year I have envisioned my story taking place.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
For me, choosing character names is just as important as selecting the names of one’s children—and pets, for that matter. As Rhode Island’s French-Canadian culture was an integral part of An Enlightening Quiche, I chose my character names accordingly.
With any book I write, I want my names to compliment my characters and sound authentic, as opposed to outlandish soap opera monikers such as Brent, Marestella, Ridge, or Brock.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
My Work in Progress, currently in its infant stages along chapter 2, is Aida’s Fishing Ground.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I don’t have a set work routine. Generally, I roll up my sleeves in my office at the keyboard during the afternoon, and block off 1- 2 hours. To attempt more is counterproductive as my creative output declines. I never set a writing goal for myself because a typical work session may involve research of some sort. Quality trumps quantity any day!
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas can come from anywhere. The inspiration for my current Work in Progress was sparked by a heated discussion I stumbled across on a Facebook post.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love book trailers, but it doesn’t mean I take the time to view every one. I think they’re especially great to create a buzz for an upcoming novel. I do have a trailer for An Enlightening Quiche which I’ve taken the liberty of including here. While I’ve gotten many compliments on it, I won’t create one for my future novels because they’re not like covers which grant your book more mileage and circulation day in and day out. Covers have potential to stop a reader in his/her tracks for considering whether or not to acquire a copy of your book.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Speaking for myself, being an author offers me an outlet to write what I damn well please. Whether I’m a best seller remains to be seen. But, I won’t be a best sellout pandering to what sells at the moment. I’m a firm believer that if you’re not true to yourself, you are not a true artist.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
God willing, I’ll still be writing! I’d love to see myself lounging on a yacht in Monaco—courtesy of my book royalties!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m part of a close-knit author support group dubbed the “Indie Fabs” by its founder, JB Richards. The other members besides myself include: Aliya DalRae, R.M. Gauthier, Lyra Shanti, and Joanne VanLeerdam. Although we write in different genres we profess the creed, “All for one and one for all”! Huzzah! They help be become a better writer by encouraging me to persevere no matter what.
Where can your fans find you and follow?
My cordial invitation extends to potential readers to follow me in all these right places:
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/evapasco
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview!!