Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Meet the Member: Marianne Evans

It's time (maybe past time LOL) for an opportunity to meet another person from our wonderful Great Lakes Chapter. (If you're interested in being featured here, email me and I'll put you in the queue) Read on to learn a bit more about member and multi-published author Marianne Evans!
JOANNE SHER: Hi, Marianne. Thanks for the interview. Why don't you tell us a bit about yourself. 

MARIANNE EVANS: I’m an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. My hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts me to create.

JOANNE: What do you like to write?

MARIANNE: I write contemporary Christian romance and fiction…and I don’t like it—I LOVE it!

JOANNE: I stand corrected LOL How long have you been writing? 

MARIANNE: I’ve always loved the written word, and have written stories for as long as I can remember. I sold my first book, a contemporary romance, to Kensington Publishing in 1998. I sold two more romances to Kensington shortly thereafter. After that, I took quite a hiatus from writing to focus on my family and define what I wanted to do with regard to publishing because changes were coming.

After writing three secular romances I wanted to write inspirational/Christian romance but needed God to provide the stories and inspiration. I entered a contest sponsored by White Rose Publishing (www.pelicanbookgroup.com) and ended up winning—the prize was publication. As I waited for the contest results, story ideas emerged fast and furious centered on the parish members of a fictional church along the shores of Lake St. Claire in Michigan named Woodland. A series was born and twelve books later, I haven’t looked back. I have a dozen books published/under contract with Pelican Book Group.

JOANNE: Tell me about your upcoming release.
MARIANNE: My upcoming release is Devotion, my Christian fiction debut which explores a turbulent season in the life of a Christian marriage. Devotion releases October 5th, and I’m so excited about that—I’m so proud of this book!

JOANNE: Sounds like a good one. What are you working on right now? 

MARIANNE: I just completed the ‘Sal’s Place’ series for White Rose Publishing and am at work on a new book for PBG tentatively titled Then and Now.

JOANNE: What is the best writing advice you've ever received? 

MARIANNE: The very best writing advice I ever received came to me from NYT Bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan at my very first writer’s conference after my writing had just been massacred by an agent. She looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Welcome to graduation day. You’ve been kicked down…now stand back up and don’t ever, ever give up on your dream.”

JOANNE: I'm guessing you didn't think much of that advice at the time LOL But it's definitely good! To you, what is the best part of ACFW? The GLC chapter?

MARIANNE: I absolutely love the ready friendship, enthusiastic support and encouragement of ACFW both at the national and local levels. What a great group!!

JOANNE: I absolutely agree. How can folks connect with you?

MARIANNE: Website: http://www.marianneevans.com

JOANNE: Anything else you want to add? 

MARIANNE: I want to thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and let people know a bit more about me and my writing!

JOANNE: You are very welcome. And now for a bit of turn-around - what question do you have for GLC members? 

MARIANNE: I’d love to ask, and receive answers to a question I always love to ask at workshops and conference events: What topics, characters, stories do YOU want to see on bookshelves? What are your favorite types of heroes/heroines? What turns you off in a story, or in a character? 


  1. Joanne, thanks so much for letting me introduce myself here at the GLC ACFW Blog! This chapter does amazing things, and I'm proud to be a member!! God bless.

  2. Great to meet you Marianne! What a story you've got...thanks so much for sharing. As for your question--I like strong heroines, good conflict, and I'm more of a contemporary girl, though I do read historicals too. Weepy women (for no good reason), and too much flowery-lovey-dovey stuff drives me crazy. I'm all about romance, but it's gotta be real:) And I love sarcasm/dry humor.

  3. Great to meet you as well, Susan! :-) Thanks for dropping by. LOVE your take on what's appealing (and not so appealing) in the stories you read. Couldn't agree more! I tend to write angst, so a tear or two might be shed, but like you, I'm adamant about motivation, and keeping my stories real. God bless, and thanks again for the visit!!

  4. I'm so glad that you didn't give up, Marianne! What a great story. I really like the sound of your book 'Devotion'. I'd like to see more married heroines in a romance instead of always having the book end with a proposal or a wedding. Is that the only romance we can expect in this life? As single women before we get married? Ugh! What a horrible thought! :-)
    Thanks for the interview.

  5. Super interview! Love the advice you were given. What a gem!

  6. Oooo, Marianne, I loved reading this and getting to know you a little better. After having the opportunity to proof two of your PBG manuscripts, I am in love with your style ... and the fact that you use my neighborhood as your backdrop. I can't wait to meet you face-to-face one day.

    That advice given you was some of the best advice I've heard. I'm glad you got back up.

  7. Holly, thanks for the encouragement!! I appreciate your support so much! Blessings to you, and I hope you enjoy Devotion!!

  8. Pegg, what a sweet compliment! Thank you! I enjoyed the interview, and Ruth's advice? Priceless. :-) God bless!

  9. Karlene!! Oh, my goodness! I had no idea you did proof work for PBG! Which titles did you review? I'd love to offer you my thanks and praise for your skills and handiwork! Hugs, and blessings to you!! (I hope we meet face-to-face as well!!)