An interview with author Eva Tremaine.

51eECSkROkL._UX250_When did you decide to be a writer?

  1. I belong to the Sugar & Spice Book Club, and they were having a short story contest. Authors attending the event encouraged me to turn my short story into a book.

What did you most recently publish? Betrayal Served Cold, August 2015, General literature

Which path have you taken: traditional publishing, self-publishing, or both?

Self-publishing

Why should people consider reading your work? 

If you love a page-turner, you should pick up one of my books.  Because I belong to a book club, I take all of that feedback and put it into my writing to create great stories my readers will love.

Where and when do you like to write?

I write anywhere.  Sometimes thoughts come to be a weird hours and places so I always have a notebook handy.

Which authors inspire you the most, and how?

I don’t necessarily have a favorite author, but I am inspired by thrillers and psychological books.  Two of my favorite authors are James Patterson and Stephen King.

How do you overcome the writer’s demons: Procrastination and Self-Doubt?

Eva Tremaine CoverI struggled with those challenges with my first book, but after I received such positive feedback, I don’t doubt my ability to create great novels.  I just have to take my time and trust the process.

What aspect of your writing do you feel is strongest, and what needs the most improvement?

I think my ability to great three-dimensional characters that my readers fall in love with his one of my strongest capabilities.  As writers, there is always room for development so one area I continue to work on is my ability to take my time tying up all the loose ends

What was the best part of the worst thing you’ve ever written? 

Worst thing I’ve ever written, that is a tough one.  I would say a lesson learned, be very careful who you choose to collaborate with on projects.

What advice do you have for others who want to be writers?

Write from your heart with no boundaries and worry about the technical stuff later.

What form of marketing works best for promoting your work(s)?

Believe it or not, word of mouth.  I have made so many sales from someone telling a friend about my novels.

What do you do apart from writing?

I am a coder.  #BlackGirlsCode.  I manage an Engineering department in downtown Manhattan.

Where can people find more about you and your work(s)?

My website www.evatremaine.com or find me on Facebook.

What one question should this interviewer have asked, and how would you answer it? How did your childhood influence your writing?  Answer, I struggled with reading and speech as a child and was even considered for special education.  I overcame that hurdle and am now working on my 5th

Where do you get your ideas? I am a dreamer.

Titles, characters and scenes literally come to me as I sleep.

A Review – The Two Family House

61mW+70k1oL._AA300_The centerpiece of Lynda Cohen Loigman debut novel THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE focuses on a brownstone in Brooklyn in the 1950s and the families that occupied it. The lives of two women and a decision made one fateful storm while the two women give birth reverberate throughout generations. The author’s descriptive characterizations of families so intertwined in the author’s life gave this story both depth and richness. I don’t like to give spoilers in reviews, so I won’t start here.

What I can say, is in the book, the delicate balance the characters play, the relationships between two brothers and the path their life takes define their characters and dictate the future of their families. Their wives and the constraints of the times (1950s), the role of women interlaced the story that makes it wonderful.

The book surprised me in the way I like when I find a new author. There was sadness, revelation and joy. More importantly, there was a sense of recognition readers might find in their own life, whether it be the relationship between two brothers or the strong and strange bonds of women. All is not what it seems in THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE and that makes it wonderful.