Evelynne Verbena Browne who goes by the pen name E.V. Browne is a Canadian author. She was born on July 16th, 1999 in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Throughout her young years she focused on her creativity. Evelynne was a storyteller and an artist, from painting to drawing, she excelled in her artisanal studies but fell behind academically. Writing had helped her through thick and thin and eventually came the day when she realized this was it, this was her dream all along. To share her stories with others, inspire others to be creative. Do not let anyone ever tell you what you can and cannot do. Evelynne is an example of a young writer who sticks up for what she believes in, what she is passionate about.
What inspires you to write?
A lot of things can inspire me to write, sometimes it can just be the actions of daily life. Though I do get heavy inspiration from music, something about the flow of the tunes can really get the writing flow going for me sometimes. I do try to watch lots of movies and read as much as I can to gather inspiration from as many sources as I can, you'll be surprised what can inspire you.
Tell us about your writing process.
Usually I start with an idea, sometimes it can come from a dream or just something random. I've been getting in the habit of writing all my ideas down because I'm sure one day I'll have use for that random idea that I come up with. Usually when an idea sticks with me and I can't get it out of my head that's when I know that it's meant to be written into some time of story, whether it's a short story or a full blown novel. Usually I start with an idea and I'll brainstorm, then my brainstorming will turn into a rough storyline then I pretty much just go from there. I pretty much let my ideas flow and I make sure to keep notes so I don't get lost because usually I am one to get distracted easily. I've used a lot of writing programs and my favourite to be honest would have to me Scrivener, it's the best thing I've come across so far and I love that you can keep notes and summaries next to you and what's great is that everything is in one program, it's more efficient that way and you don't have multiple programs open. I also listen to music when I'm writing, it's almost a must because I get a lot of inspiration from music. Of course I always make sure I have a dedicated writing place, it's good to switch it up every so often, sometimes I feel like you can just overuse a space so I try to move to different spots of my house when I write, I feel like moving to a fresh new space will spark some fresh ideas.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I feel crazy admitting this but of course I talk and listen to my characters. It seems kind of insane but yes, usually I'm pretty hard on my characters and like to put them through a lot pain which makes me feel kind of horrible now that I say it. I put my characters through a lot and their back stories can be quite tragic, though I do make sure to give them some happy and tender moments occasionally.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up with Harry Potter like I'm sure a lot of kids have, ever since I was little I was so fascinated with Hogwarts and I remember when I was younger I waited and waited to get my letter from Dumbledore and it never happened. J.K. Rowling inspired me a lot growing up, she taught me never to give up and watching documentaries about her inspired me even more because I realized how much of a tough time she went through and that she worked really hard to get where she is today. I guess her wild imagination sparked something in me and in a way she showed me that it's alright to be who you want to be and write beyond your wildest imagination. Believe it or not but Shakespeare inspired me in my Highschool years, I didn't really take my writing seriously and it was more of a hobby and the only school subject I really enjoyed was English, we had to study classic literature and I was assigned Shakespeare and I'm like oh great, here we go, the most boring thing ever, but of course I never read Shakespeare before that and once I fully read Romeo and Juliet, my mind was officially blown. Then I got really deep into Shakespeare and read everything I could get my hands on, I really loved a Midsummers Night Dream growing up and I remember watching the movie on repeat for hours, sometimes even days. Shakespeare definitely brought out the hopeless romantic in me and that's really when I decided I wanted to write Romance novels. Neil Gaiman taught me that it's alright to fail and get rejected when being a writer and it only makes you stronger. I also love Stephen King's novels, he is the King of horror and thriller and I'm a total horror junkie so he's inspired me a lot in my writing as well.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I've been trying to get published for years and I was never really successful at it. To be honest it was more of a financial choice because even though I've gotten contracts before, I've had to decline them because I've never really been able to afford to pay them. I decided to self-publish with Amazon Kindle because it was free first of all and paying a publisher wasn't really an option because I'm a young woman on disability and unable to work which sucks. I mean I'm not saying I'm interested in going with a publisher, believe me I am and I'm sure one day I'll get a contract that will be amazing and maybe I'll accept it. But for right now I think I'll continue to self-publish because I think you have more freedom and I like that, but editing your own novel, I'm never doing that again. Formatting your novel is also a big pain in the butt and I'll leave that to the professionals.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Nowadays, anyone can publish a book and that's amazing. I wish I could have done that when I was younger, the internet is an amazing place and we can share our stories with one another and it's great. I just hope that in the future we don't stop printing actual books, I'm kind of old-fashioned and I love going to book stores and picking out books, feeling the pages with my fingertips and smelling the pages, I love the old book smell. I do understand that digital books are kind of the new norm and slowly I'm getting on board with that.
What genres do you write?
fantasy, dark fantasy, romance, supernatural, science fiction, gothic fantasy
What formats are your books in?
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