Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you—Eva Pasco!
After retiring from a career in elementary education, midlife restlessness prompted Eva to rekindle her passion for storytelling by composing fiction that taps into significant issues affecting the lives of women over forty. Her novels in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction are distinguished for their character-driven plots which feature protagonists who plunge the depths of despair and suffer the consequences in their darkest hours prior to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
In addition to having written two novels, Ms. Pasco has composed over one hundred Memoirs, as well as numerous essays pertaining to the Sixties, and articles about her native state of Rhode Island. She also writes a weekly blog related to writing and social marketing.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Flying solo as an only child, until my sister came along when I was six-years-old, my imagination served me well, for I started writing by the age of twelve. A malfunction in the electrical wiring which caused our doorbell to ring automatically, prompted me to compose, “The Mystery of the Midnight Doorbell,” replete with secret codes and a smuggling ring. Yeah, baby!
When I retired from teaching, midlife restlessness revived my dormant flair for writing, resulting in the publication of my debut novel, Underlying Notes – first printing (2007); second printing (2009); Kindle Edition only (2014). While working on my second novel, other writing detours in the form of Memoirs, Retro ’60s Flashbacks, and essays pertaining to Rhode Island delayed the completion and publication of An Enlightening Quiche (2016).
Why did you choose to write your genre?
When it comes to fiction, I prefer to write in the genre of contemporary which affords me wide latitude to embrace realism as opposed to lightheartedness. In this vein, my novels portray flawed and feisty women over forty who grapple with, confront, and overcome their personal dilemmas, thereby becoming empowered to make profound life changes for the better. I’m fond of billing my novels as “Lit with Wit and Grit” or “Fiction with Conviction”. [I like that description!]
Currently, what are you working on?
My current WIP, at the rate I’m racking up words, could escalate from a short story to a novelette. For the time being, my title is a secret. However, it is a tale which will be part of an anthology written in collaboration with my fellow indie fabs—Aliya DalRae, R.M. Gauthier, J.B. Richards, Lyra Shanti, and Joanne Van Leerdam.
Let’s talk about your latest book for a moment. What motivated the plot?
I’ll discuss my current and second published book in the genre of contemporary, An Enlightening Quiche.
Actually, the plot came out of nowhere based on local setting. The novel takes root in the village of Manville, Rhode Island where I began my 29-year teaching career. Rich in history, it essentially morphed into my fictitious French-Canadian mill town of Beauchemins. My fabricated mill in the story, Brulé Bookbinding Company, derived from the antiquated operations I either performed or observed at Sidney-Higgins Bookbinding Company during college summer vacations.
Motivation to write the novel developed from my wanting to preserve the warmth and integrity of the people in Manville, Rhode Island. [Great concept!]
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written?
In my mind’s eye, the strangest subject I’ve expounded upon which propelled my first published novel, Underlying Notes, is that of “fragrance addiction.”
What was the hardest story for you to write?
Thus far, An Enlightening Quiche wins hands down due to the challenge of creating distinct voices and personalities for my alternating first-person narratives from the perspectives of the protagonists—Augusta, the town siren; Lindsay, the historian-in-residence. As well, developing a cast of supporting characters so they’d be fully-fleshed, memorable and endearing as the main characters.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality?
I’d say Augusta Bergeron inherited my wry sense of humor.
Who has been your favorite character? Why?
No doubt in my mind—the one and only sassy, brassy Augusta Bergeron. Her cool and aloof demeanor belie the anguish she suffers. Brash, bold, and brazen, she holds her head high even when her best-kept secrets are exposed and most of the townspeople shun her—and, for good reason! While Augusta’s means may not always justify or achieve the outcomes she intends, her integrity, sincerity, and noble sacrifices make her a contemporary heroine in the guise of a flawed, feisty female over forty!
What process do you use to plan your novels?
I suppose I’m one of those “pantsers.” I foresee my story from beginning to end, but allow it to develop organically as I move along.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
I’m rarely at a loss for words. 🙂
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be?
I’d choose literary fiction because I’ve been told my novels exemplify “classic literature” written in the style of Charles Dickens or Jane Austen, due to my exploration of the human condition.
Which authors inspire you?
Several indies inspire me. Too numerous to mention without inadvertently omitting someone, I’ll give a shout out to the author who inspired me to write my first full-length novel—Anne Lamott.
What novel would you read multiple times?
One novel I have read multiple times is The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum. [Excellent choice!]
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character)
Because Casablanca is my all-time favorite movie, and it is significant to An Enlightening Quiche, I would love to meet Ingrid Bergman who played Ilsa Lazlo.
What is your favorite quote?
Ever since I read A Separate Peace, a coming-of-age novel by John Knowles, during my sophomore year in high school, where I first encountered it—it’s been my favorite.
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?
In reality, my favorite animal is a cat. My favorite imaginary creature is a dragon.
What is your favorite color?
My favorite color has always been red.
When you’re not writing…
You might say that writing has become my full-time career where I am very demanding of myself.
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Thank you for hanging out with me today. It was a pleasure getting to know you.
Join me next week when author Christina Walker will be dropping by!