Interview with Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans Author Pic_Informal 1Marianne Evans is a multi-award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction with over twenty titles to her credit. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’ Devotion, earned the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award from Greater Detroit RWA as well the Heart of Excellence Award from Ancient City Romance Authors. She also earned wins for Best Romance of 2012 from the Christian Small Publisher’s Association and the Selah award for best Novella of 2013. Happily married and the mother of two, Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan who is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President.

DateNight_w11429_680Tell us about your new release and why you chose this setting.

My new release is part of the Pure Amore ‘Book of the Month’ subscription service offered by Pelican Book Group. It’s titled ‘Date Night’ and here’s a bit about the story:

Ethan Miller’s family has done…what? His profile is plastered on MingleInFaith.com. Now, this career focused, happy-to-be-a-bachelor is forced to endure an episode of speed-dating.

Interior Designer Natalie Gibbs is on the dating circuit, eager to find “the one,” but she has strict rules about the manner in which she’ll embrace a romantic relationship. She wasn’t even supposed to meet Ethan Miller—but God had other plans.

Ethan spends a month each year in Honduras, offering eye care to the underprivileged. He senses a sweetness to Natalie that prompts him to invite her along on the next mission trip.

The voyage leads them far from their home base of New York City, but straight into the hearts of the Honduran people. Slowly, Ethan’s heart is swayed toward the idea of love. But Natalie’s mission work teaches her about a love that reaches far beyond romance. What’s God’s plan? Should their hearts combine—or does He want them to serve…and learn…from one another—and an extraordinary date night?

I chose the settings of New York City and Texiguat, Honduras because of the extreme contrast, which forms part of the story-arc of Date Night. New York is urban sprawl, up-to-the-minute living, trends and pressures. Texiguat, Honduras is primitive, an area of the world desperate for helping hands and God’s Word.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work? I hope readers come to realize the beauty of authentic, pure love and the joy of serving the under privileged and marginalized.

Tell us about your characters:

Ethan Miller is committed to Christian mission work and service to the people of Honduras. A gifted ophthalmologist, he donates his services and time twice each year. For the time being, he’s happy to be single. Sure, marriage and a family are part of his future plans—but for now that’s where they belong. In the future.

Natalie Gibbs is an interior designer who’s hitting her stride at the design firm of Mathers & Mathers. A tender-hearted romantic, she’s eager to find her forever love, but refuses to compromise her beliefs and ideals in the process. She meets Ethan by chance at a dating event and is fascinated by his servant’s heart and the work he does in Honduras.

Forgiveness_h11578_680What makes the book uniquely yours?

The setting and the circumstances of the novel are very dear to my heart because my brother and sister-in-law perform the kind of mission work I describe in the pages of Date Night. Their research assistance was invaluable, and I’m thrilled to shine a light on the good work they do. They inspire me!

What’s next for you?

My book Then & Now will be releasing soon as part of the Pure Amore imprint. It’s a reunion love story set in Northern Michigan, which is a part of my home state that I love! My second release with Harbourlight Books, titled Forgiveness, will also hit bookshelves soon. Forgiveness takes a hard look at the idea of forgiving those you love, those who strive to earn your trust after they’ve hurt you in a very deep and direct way by their actions. The book also centers on redemption from alcoholism and shares my passion for Nashville, Tennessee and Christian music. I’m super excited about this release which will happen later this year!

ThenAndNow_w11430_680After that, I have two proposals under consideration that I hope to share more on soon! What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?

Hmmm…that’s a really good question! I’ve visited a number of folks via magazines, blogs and the like—I’ve had to answer any number of questions, both serious and humorous, and can’t say there’s much that’s been missed.

How about: What’s something most people don’t know about you? And the answer would be: I’m a collector of antique salts. My sister-in-law got me hooked on these small treasures made of glass, or metal or porcelain. They come with small spoons and were used at the dinner table in the era before pourable salt. You’d use the spoon to chip off granules of salt and sprinkle them over your food.

Here are the links to my publisher and my social media locations:

Pelican Book Group: www.pelicanbookgroup.com                                                                                            Website: www.marianneevans.com                                                                                        Blog: www.marianneevans.blogspot.com                                                                         Facebook Reader Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Marianne-Evans/308711716744 Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarEvansAuthor                                                                     Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/marianneevans                                  Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marevansauthor/

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