Happy Monday and welcome to a segment called Monday Cute Meet. In the romance novel world, a “cute meet” is typically the first significant contact the hero and heroine have that sets them on their romantic journey. Monday Cute Meet is my way of introducing you to new books, authors and some fantastic journeys between the pages.
Today I’m very happy to welcome debut author, Evie Owen, and her new release, The Psychic Detective, part of the Once and Forever anthology. I asked Evie to share what she loved most about writing her story…
Thank you so much, Carlene, for inviting me to your blog to talk about my debut novella, The Psychic Detective. You asked what I enjoyed most about writing the story, or about the story itself, and in a way they both come down to the same thing: belief.
Last year was a tumultuous one for me personally (bad breakup of a long term relationship) and while I dealt with all the day to day stuff involved in that, I lost touch with my writing. In a way, I lost touch with myself. The longer I was away from writing, the harder it became to believe I could ever get back to it. But when my fabulous critique group decided to put together an anthology of original novellas, it gave me the motivation to find my way back to the writing.
It wasn’t easy. I did a lot of thinking about it, but very little actual working on it. In fact, I procrastinated so long that by the time I finally DID sit down to start, I was so behind I wasn’t sure I could finish it in time. I wasn’t sure my story would work. I wasn’t sure it would be acceptable. I wasn’t sure about a lot of things, but the one thing I WAS sure about was that I had to try.
I leaned into it, as a friend of mine likes to say. I left work every day and went to the local Panera’s and worked until they closed. I did the same thing on the weekends. The best thing about weekends was that I’ve got these great friends who often joined me at Panera’s, lending their good examples and supportive presence. And it worked! I turned the final file in just under the wire.
So that was the best part about writing the story–it brought me back to writing and, therefore, back to myself.
~Poking my head in here to say I’m so glad this story did that for you, Evie, and how appreciative I am that you shared that with us. 🙂
My favorite part of the story itself is that it explores that need to believe. In yourself. In something other than yourself. So I wrote Erin and Martin. I put them in the same position–both of them need people to believe in them, even though that seems impossible. Because I was a big X-Files fan, back in the day and at heart, I’m Mulder: I want to believe.
It isn’t easy, but it’s always worth trying. 🙂
~Well said, Evie.
The Psychic Detective by Evie Owens
Psychic Martin Sterling doesn’t trust cops–and the feeling is mutual. Detective Erin Healy needs more than a ghost story to save her job and reputation. Her partner is dead, a million dollars in drugs and money is missing, and all the evidence points to her.
Can a sexy psychic and a by the book cop, trapped between the living and the dead, unearth the truth? Or will a cold-blooded killer get away with it all…
For a long moment he just stared back at her, into her, somehow, and Erin wondered what it would be like to believe. In psychics and magic and…to really believe in anything, other than the life you were living. She had police in her blood, though. If you couldn’t see it, feel it, taste it, smell it–if you couldn’t measure it in some way–it wasn’t real.
No matter how much you might wish it was.
But how did he know the girl was pregnant? She wasn’t showing yet.
Then she remembered he’d been watching them long before he joined them at the table, and in her mind’s eye she saw the way Mitra’s hands closed over her abdomen. Protecting and comforting. You didn’t have to be psychic to figure that out. Just observant. And this guy was definitely observant.
Most con men were.
Once and Forever Anthology Blurb:
Once and Forever – An anthology By Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Emelle Gamble, Lavinia Kent and introducing Evie Owens
From five compelling authors, five original novellas which will make you laugh and cry, and believe in a love that once found will last forever. Meet a duke, a psychic, a bodyguard and a professor…and one “guardian fairy” in absorbing stories ranging from regency and contemporary romance to paranormal and women’s fiction.
Evie Owens was born in Japan, but grew up on a dairy farm in Upper Michigan. She’s waited tables and tended bar, which makes her a very good tipper, but writing is her passion. She’s thrilled to be included in this anthology with some of her favorite authors.
These days, Evie lives in Maryland while her two fabulous daughters and one glorious granddaughter live too far away. Leaving her no alternative but to turn to a life of crazy cat ladyness (except without the cats and the ladylike behavior)
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I’m reading The Psychic Detective right now and I already love it! Thank you for being our guest today, Evie, and best wishes on your writing journey!