Welcome: Evelyn Cullet
November 29, 2012
A little about Evelyn …Whom I’m Also Meeting on Our Blog Tour…
Evelyn Cullet has been an aspiring author since high school when she wrote short stories, but she didn’t begin her first novel until college, later in life. Afterward, she continued to take writing classes and work on her novels while employed by a major soft drink company. Now, after early retirement, she finally has the chance to write full-time.
Evelyn enjoys playing the piano, being an organic gardener, and an amateur Lapidary. She and her husband live in a suburb of Chicago. She writes mystery romance and romantic suspense.
What Evelyn Likes About the Writing Life
Every novel started out as idea in a writer’s mind. With ideas comes creation. And creation is what I enjoy most about being a writer. New ideas for stories, the drama, the humor, new characters, new settings, all of it. Choosing the protagonist, the hero, the victim(s) and the villain(s). Spending quality time with my subconscious manifestations and bringing them to life. Sure, the characters don’t actually exist – but for writers like me, they do and in deeper ways then the people I know in real life. Being able to shape the world with my thoughts and the unquestioned power of my own creations is one of the greatest joys of being a fiction writer for me. It’s knowing the “whys and hows” of everything. Why an event happens, how it happens; why the character(s) take a certain course of action, how they go about solving a crime; and why would a reader care? The fun of it is working out a storyline, and having the characters say and do things I would never have the guts to say or do. All I need to do is pose a few questions, and whomever the character is that I’m asking, will give me the answers, usually in dialog form. I’m not saying that sometimes I don’t have to do research in the real world to find the reasons behind peoples actions, because they’re so often hidden by layers of defense. It seems to be a reflex from childhood; no one wants to get found out and have to pay the price for their actions. But in fiction, the world we create is an open book, and character’s cannot hide, they will always be found out in the end.
I enjoy meeting and getting to know other writers. Spending too much time alone has its drawbacks. Isolation saps inspiration – I need contact to learn, to grow and to recharge my batteries. Only other writers can truly understand the trials and joys of writing. And that’s why I’m so happy to be a part of this blog tour.
Evelyn’s latest novel is MASTERPIECE OF MURDER, a fast-paced romantic suspense story that takes you on a madcap adventure to the beautiful resort city of Barioche, Argentina, where a broken-hearted art student, Charlotte Ross, is intent on locating her errant fiancé. But her fiancé has his own reason for being in Bariloche–he’s after a stolen art masterpiece–that complicates Charlotte’s life and threatens her very existence as she stumbles into a downward spiral of deception, art forgery, and murder. When Charlotte accidently finds the murder victim, circumstantial evidence begins to mount up against her and the local police suspect she is the killer. Now she must use the skills she learned from her mystery writer friend, along with the help of two fellow art students, to discover who is really behind the murder. Not an easy task with a military police officer dogging her every step.
MASTERPIECE OF MURDER is available in print and ebook from the publisher at: http://www.wings-press.com/ and from Amazon:http://tinyurl.com/9jjl5xc Also available as an ebook for the Nook from Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/9uyqj5r
A final word (enticement!) from Evelyn
We would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and you’ll automatically be entered in my free book giveaway. You could win a signed print copy of Masterpiece of Murder. One lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced on my blog, http://evelyncullet.com/blog/ on December 11th. Don’t forget to leave your email address so I’ll know how to contact you. And if you’d like to learn more about Bariloche, the stolen art masterpiece, or to see photos of the locations mentioned in the novel, I invite you to visit the photo page on my website: http://evelyncullet.com/