Saturday, June 29, 2013

Welcome Author Evelyn Puerto

Is there a story behind your book, Beyond the Rapids?

Several times during my years in Russia as a missionary I travelled to Ukraine to meet teams from my home church. There we met the amazing Brynza family and became captivated by their warmth, their love of God, and their stories of the mercy and grace that God showed them through great persecution. After I returned to the states, a woman who had been on one of the teams approached me and suggested that I write up the Brynzas’ story. She said that I was the one to write it, since I knew the family, I knew the culture, and I could write the story in a way an American audience could relate to it. At first I resisted, but came to realize that God was calling me to write the book. I have found so much encouragement and inspiration from the Brynzas’ example, and want others to be encouraged and inspired as well.


What started you on your writing journey?

My teachers always told me I wrote well, but I had no interest in a writing career. Other than writing reports for work and the occasional letter, I did almost no writing for many years. When the time came to write newsletters as a missionary, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed writing them. Writing Beyond the Rapids got me started on a career in writing, even though I didn’t know it at the time.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

You name it! Sometimes it’s the cat, when she decides my laptop is the best place to take a nap. Laundry, falling snow or just the desire for a little snack all can pull me away from writing.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I’m all over the board. Some I’ve read recently that I’ve enjoyed are Connie Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog, which is a great time travel story. I love historical novels, and my favorite is Ali and Nino by Kurban Said. I also enjoy biography and non-fiction, and love reading children’s books. Sometimes I’ll read thrillers, but never horror. I’ve got an overactive imagination, and want to be able to sleep at night!

What is your strangest habit?

My husband laughs at me for this one. Whenever we go on a trip, I print out directions (no GPS for me, thank you!) and look at a map. I just like to know where we’re going if we are doing the driving. It’s a good thing I’m married to someone who’s a little more spontaneous. We balance each other out that way.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

When my husband sings sappy love songs to me and makes up his own words when he can’t remember the right ones.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

Would it be cheating to say anywhere? I love to travel. Here’s a true confession: one of the things I loved the most about missions is the travel, because I had the chance to meet new people, learn about new cultures, see new places and worship with other believers, even if I didn’t speak their language. To answer the question, Europe has always been a favorite destination, especially places like Prague and Slovenia, which are not the prime tourist spots but have a unique charm of their own.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

I served as a missionary in Russia for seven years, and often I think of people I met there when I am creating characters. Scenes of the countryside, food we ate there, the moods of the weather all are getting worked into my writing.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.    

You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32) has been a favorite for years. Many times I’ve been in a situation that seemed impossible, like a conflict with another person. But when we get to talking and understand each other’s position, the conflict doesn’t seem so great. Learning the truth about a situation, instead of clinging to what we think is going on, can set us free from anger, hurt or insecurity.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I just published my second book, Read Me Before You Write. In this short little book, I compiled the lessons I learned while writing Beyond the Rapids, in the hopes that other aspiring authors won’t waste the time and money I did in trying to write and publish a book. It’s my hope to give others a lot of the “I wish I’d known that” information that would have been so helpful to me.


You may purchase the book at:
Amazon
Or have your local library order it for you!


Evelyn Puerto is giving away a copy of Beyond the Rapids. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)




Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart



8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview. One of my favorite memories is when I was young and went to a church camp and there was several missionaries. I so enjoyed them. Now, we have quite a few families with a missionary in their family. I especially enjoy when one of the girls was just around 10 or 11 in our church when she decided to be a missionary. And she has lived in one of the African nations for many years and raised a family.
I would love to win this book. Thanks!
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview. One of my favorite memories is when I was young and went to a church camp and there was several missionaries. I so enjoyed them. Now, we have quite a few families with a missionary in their family. I especially enjoy when one of the girls was just around 10 or 11 in our church when she decided to be a missionary. And she has lived in one of the African nations for many years and raised a family.
I would love to win this book. Thanks!
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

cjajsmommy said...

We support a missionary in the Ukraine, so this interview immediately caught my eye. I would love to read the book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Patricia Bradley said...

Great post, Evelyn. I so admire you for serving in Russia for 7 years. That must have been difficult with the harsh climate and difficult government. But I'm sure the people more than made up for it. Would love to win your book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...

mandn@wisper-wireless.com

Thanks for your awesome gift of writing!

It would be fun to have another great read for the summer!

smiller said...

I am a missionary kid from Nigeria, so understand a little of your 7 years in Russia as a missionary. Would like to win and read your book. Sharon, CA

KayM said...

My heart has always gone out to those many Christians around the world, who struggle against persecution for their belief. I would love to have a chance to read your book. Thank you for offering a copy.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

squiresj said...

Would love to be entered to win this. Would love to get to know author.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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