Author Interview with Eva Pohler

What is your writing process? I’m somewhere in between what are called “planners” and “pansters.” I usually start with a basic outline (after brainstorming for several days, usually inspired by tons of research). But one of my favorite parts of the writing process is that unexpected idea that comes in the middle of fleshing out a scene. What a thrill to be surprised by one’s own story!

Who or what influences your writing?  Other authors. I am an avid reader—so obsessed with books, in fact, that I studied them in school until they had to kick me out with a terminal degree in English.

What do you consider your best accomplishment? My family. No matter what I do here on earth, my husband and kids are my pride and joy.

How have personal experiences influenced your writing? When I’m writing a scene, I tap into the emotional experience of something similar in my life—something that made me feel the way I want the scene to make my readers feel (like the time one of my sons had his first seizure as a baby and I thought he was dying in my arms).

What’s the best thing about being an author? Reading the good reviews. Gives me such a high!

Which authors inspire you? John Fowles, Ann Patchett, Tracy Chevalier, Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer, Diane Setterfield, Cassandra Claire, and Suzanne Collins.

What is your favorite genre to read? Write? Yikes! That’s a tough one! My favorite two genres are women’s fiction and young adult, and these are also my favorite genres to write.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  Sticking with a story when you’ve lost its direction and aren’t sure anymore about what comes next. Those are the moments when you can’t walk away. You just have to keep on thinking about it and looking for inspiration until the “eureka” hits you.

What is your favorite quote?  “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker

What advice would you give to your younger self? I would say, “All of your dreams are coming true, so just keep doing what you’re doing!”

What would you like to say to your readers?  Thank you for taking the time to read my stories!

Eva Pohler writes fiction and teaches writing and literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband and three kids. She is the author of The Gatekeeper’s Saga, The Purgatorium Trilogy, and The Mystery Book Collection.

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