Getting to Know Maddie Evans
Maddie Evans is a slightly cynical romantic who believes in the combination of love and hard work. When she's not writing stories, you can find her exploring dirt trails on her bike or jogging around town. You can learn more abut Maddie and her books here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I was born in the Bronx right near Fordham University. My mom and I spent a lot of time wandering through the Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo, as well as spending time in all the parks around there. People think of the Bronx as a scary, crowded place, but my neighborhood wasn’t anything like that. There might not have been a lot of money around there, but I most remember the greenery and wide spaces of that area.
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
I find the subtleties of sweet romance to be in many ways more thrilling than the overt descriptions and actions in spicier romance categories. There’s something (to me) far more thrilling about characters meeting minds and matching senses of humor, or the subtle brush of a hand, or the moment one character’s breath grazes another’s neck. There’s a lot of room to work in.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I started telling myself stories in my head when I was three years old. Eventually they had escape or I’d go mad.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
Making everyone miserable, I suspect.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
There are fishtanks all over my house. Don’t get a betta fish. Seriously. It looks pretty straightforward at first (two gallon tank, heater, filter, fish–and done!) but they’re a gateway drug. Soon you’ll be on aquarium forums listening in awe as the other fish fanatics describe their 225 gallon salt water habitats, and it’ll all be over.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
Married over twenty years! Definitely yes.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is written for children, but it’s the most amazing depiction of bravery I’ve ever encountered. The book covers sacrificial love, romance, personal growth, and the value of an individual–and all without ever preaching even once. You can read it in an afternoon, but it won’t get out of your head that quickly.