Please introduce yourself and your book(s)!
I am a citizen of the world, born and raised in France. I lived in Europe, Asia and the Middle-East for 20 years, and am now a very happy New Yorker. I love to travel and explore, meet new people, discover new cultures, taste exotic food. You can find out more on my blog, www.evelynefallows.com
My first novel, The Polar Bear and the Palm Tree, is a story of friendship beyond borders and generations. It takes the reader on exotic travels and adventures from the desert of Saudi Arabia to the icy shores of Norway.
My second novel, Bigoudis a New York City, in French (my native language), is a comedy about a prim French woman living in New York and her encounter with a retired, gay and flamboyant Broadway star.
What inspires/inspired your creativity?
My first novel was inspired by my Saudi friend, Madeha, who told me one day “If you have a story to tell, by all means, do.” She opened the window to a new adventure, and I’ve enjoyed it very much. But in general, I love to observe and listen to people around me, which is fantastic in New York. I also have an extremely vivid imagination…
How do you deal with creative block?
Taking our dog Ruby for a walk helps me clear my mind and reflect on where I am in the creative process. Listening to podcasts, meeting other writers and exchanging ideas, brainstorming with them is also very helpful. And reading. Reading different genres, see how other writers process their story.
How has your creation process improved over time?
I don’t know if my creation process has changed much, but my research and organization have: working on backstory, plot and character’s arc have helped me improve. I read a lot about writing, and have taken a few workshops. My next one will be on memoir writing, because you can always learn and grow.
What were the best, worst and most surprising things you encountered during the entire process of completing your book(s)?
After my first novel was published, it was very hard to let go of my characters, Ingrid and Mikio. I felt a bit down for a while, until I started working on my second novel and my new characters, Mademoiselle Annie and Monsieur Andre. When my second novel was published, it was easier to let go, as I was better prepared.
What are your plans for future books?
I am currently working on 3 projects: a screenplay based on my second novel, a murder mystery set on a cruise ship in the Arctic and a novel based on John S. Sargent.
Tell us some quirky facts about yourself
My friends call me “sassy, sparky or eccentric”, I have no idea why!