What could be better than a tough Roman soldier newly married to a stubborn Celtic woman? Having a front row seat to watch those sparks fly! Anne Garboczi Evans has recently released the first two volumes of her four book inspirational romance series
set in the days of the Roman Empire. I asked Anne to share with us a bit of what makes her tick as an author.
1. What made you choose Roman history?
I fell in love with Ancient Rome as a child reading books by Rosemary Sutcliff. The Ides of April by Mary Ray was also one of my childhood favorites as well as The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Dale Snedeker. In college, I took two years of Latin as well as studying the classics, which was very helpful in recreating the culture of Ancient Rome in my Love & Warfare Series.
2. Did you research history and then write or write and research simultaneously?
I spent my childhood living and breathing books about Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, and Celtic Britain. Looking back, I probably was somewhat of an odd child. 🙂 I learned Latin and a lot about the Classical World in college, but it wasn’t until after college that I started inter-library-loaning every book I could get my hands on about Ancient Roman culture. Writing an entire series was helpful in that regard, since when I learned new things about Ancient Rome while researching book 3 or 4, I could go back and apply those things to earlier books. I can’t promise that there are zero historical errors in any of the books, but I have tried my very hardest to make sure that every historical detail, no matter how insignificant, is correct.
3. For Life or Until is the first book in a four part series and you’ve been working on the series for about a decade. Were you ever tempted to give up? What made you keep going over the years?
At a writers’ conference once, I heard an author say, “If you can give up writing, give up now! It’s a thankless, poverty-inducing, hair-ripping out endeavor that will drive you mad.” I whole-heartedly concur with his opinion. In the past fifteen years, I’ve tried to give up writing time and time again. Just in the last twelve months, I’ve attempted to give up writing on at least three different occasions. Two weeks, maximum four, of stories bouncing about in my head without the release of letting them flow through my fingers, past the keyboard, onto the computer screen, and I break down and give up on giving up on writing. Then I’m back at my latest novel, pounding away on my keyboard even more furiously than before. Incidentally, I tend to kill laptops swiftly from too much dragging them to random waiting rooms, lobbies, and Thanksgiving dinners to sneak in “just one more paragraph.”
4. What do you like least about writing?
Actually putting words on the page is hard work. I usually get most frustrated in the middle stage after the fun creative part of coming up with a plot line, and before the rewarding part of reading through a semi-polished draft. That middle stage is when I, as most authors, despair that my writing will ever be good enough. There’s always a point in each story that I’ve written where I begin to have serious doubts that I can make it all come together and pull off a readable novel. I’ve completed seven edited manuscripts thus far, (ignoring the ones at the beginning that were so poorly written that I’m trying to forget I ever put ink cartridge to paper on those ones), and I still feel the pressure of “can I actually turn this plot line into a novel” each time.
5. What do you like most about writing?
I love the cathartic release of putting one’s thoughts on the page and creating a plot line that no one else has ever thought of before. So much in life is out of our control, but as an author you can make your characters’ story turn out however you desire. Maybe I’m a closet control freak. 🙂 I also love the excuse to daydream that novel writing gives. I enjoy how writing novels gives me the opportunity to research new cultures, times, and people. I’m currently working on a series set in the Middle East and I’ve discovered a host of exciting new fiction and non-fiction while researching for my novels. Most of all, I love how writing (and reading) takes me to a different world where for a few hours one escapes all the hustle and bustle of life to immerse oneself fully inside a character’s head and see life through their eyes.
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For Life or Until
Bio: Anne Garboczi Evans is a mental health counselor and mama to an opinionated little boy named “Joe-Joe” and very dramatic baby named “Chip.” When not writing, you can find her exploring the outdoor wonders of Colorado with her family. annegarboczievans.blogspot.com