In addition to her beautiful and delicious looking book covers, award-winning Eva Pasco has an interesting life. Here is her story.
Please, introduce yourself. Tell us about your personal life, family, education.
Already a proficient typist at the age of nine, I began composing stories by the time I turned twelve. My spy thrillers incorporated gadgets and gizmos under the auspices of a fictitious organization named I.N.T.R.I.G.U.E. which predated The Man from U.N.C.L.E. television series! In high school I composed a novella which earned its keep on a library shelf for students to sign out.
Summer employment during college served me well for learning how to relate with all kinds of folks and roll with the punches, whether gluing eyes on pairs of lion slippers at Capitol Heel Lining, collating booklets at Sidney-Higgins Bookbinding, or getting down and dirty at H & H Screw Products.
Following an illustrious 29-year teaching career in the elementary school trenches, midlife restlessness prompted me to revive my dormant flair for writing. In that regard, my books have merited several prestigious awards in the genres of Contemporary Women’s Fiction and a Nonfiction Memoir collection.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
I enjoy day-tripping along the Atlantic coastline, stopping at one of the local diners for breakfast or lunch, and exploring geographic points of interest along the way.
100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s – A nonfiction collection about growing up during the Sixties. While the mushroom cloud of the Cold War hovered over us, my sister and I carried on as kids do, regardless of world events.
If you are a writer, are you an avid reader?
An avid reader during childhood and adolescence, reading is still my favorite pastime. In my effort to support fellow Indies by leaving honest reviews, I am wending my way through numerous books uploaded on my Kindle.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Underlying Notes (2008) was inspired by my own obsession with perfume, channelled through protagonist, Carla Matteo:
My glass goddesses heralded from all walks of life in the fragrance kingdom— Floral, Floral Oriental, Chypre, Citrus, Woody, and Green. From the sublime skin scents to the exhaust fumes exuded by floozies—I love them all.
“Taking to the bottle”— glass goddesses funneling perfume! During a mid-life renaissance, the juice provides a hook for Carla Matteo to find her own niche, while the ominous rose note in Paloma Picasso forces her to confront a troubled past.
How do you decide on the title of a book?
In keeping with past practice, I like my titles to have multiple meanings which will eventually become apparent to the reader. In that regard they’re quirky: Underlying Notes and An Enlightening Quiche.
An Enlightening Quiche – An heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry precipitate mishap and mayhem in a New England mill town, wreaking havoc on those caught in the crossfire of a tragedy.
Do you remember the first book you read?
While I don’t remember the first book I’ve read, in third grade, I was so smitten with The Wizard of Oz that I signed it out from the school library several weeks in a row to read it again and again.
In 2019, I got caught up in my own proverbial funnel-shaped cloud, having published, Mr. Wizardo, a contemporary novella. Far-removed from Baum’s classic, one reviewer stated— “blowing the original out of the water.”
Mr. Wizardo – (Baxter Springs, Kansas) – The fictitious underbelly where evil festers in the minds of mean girls, bullies, and a corrupt corporation. Sift through the psychological debris strewn by four misfits who wend their way back home to attend the funeral of Mr. Wizardo,
How do you want others to see you or remember you? Is it important to you?
Foremost, a decent human being and supportive author. In my capacity as a published author— remembered for my ability to write “lit with grit” or “fiction with conviction”.
Find Her Here:
Do you have a blog or website viewers can visit for updates, events and special offers? Include links to any and all of your sites.
My author web page at Authors Den contains a plethora of information at your fingertips: daily updates on my writing and reading progress; memoirs; retro articles pertaining to the Sixties; Rhode Reads: essays referencing foods, places, and entities unique to my native state of Rhode Island; weekly blog. All you have to do is scroll away for the full monty.
http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco – Authors Den
https://tinyurl.com/y466jrwz – Amazon Author Page