Kay Em Evans Bio
The latest: Got some writerly stuff in the pipeline, including a new story idea (set in England, soon-to-be-written, outline already complete), loads of new poetry (to be posted to blog), and an idea for a spinoff of Sanctuary (initial chapters in progress).
Things you might’ve missed from before:
Summer 2012 was a busy one. The writing presentation I gave to Dr. Nicolae Dragulanscu’s students at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest was a success, and the autumn trip to England is what inspired my latest story idea (see above).
Gypsy was selected as a finalist for the 2011 WLT manuscript contest. Check out the WLT website for more info and to see yours truly’s name-a-reeno under the Children’s – Young Adult category.
Annnnd, on to the blah blah blah that is my bio:
In 1994, Kay undertook her first major project as an author: writing the sequel to Gone with the Wind.
Okay, so it was just a school project, one of those “creative writing” assignments all the students groaned about. Everyone except me. And as it turned out, this particular assignment spawned my first serious thoughts of “author” as a career.
But here’s the thing. I had always loved writing. Not just loved, but loved enough to immerse myself in it, study it. Even try it. At the inexperienced (though, optimistic) age of eleven, I made a valiant attempt to write a book — a middle-grade ghost story novella — on an elderly nineteen-ninety model computer. I used WordPerfect. Yes, you heard me right. WordPerfect.
During my high school years, I spent several summers in San Jose. And what did I choose to do while in the midst of scenic California with gobs of activities to partake in? I spent each and every waking moment at one of two places: Barnes and Noble or the movies (my other passion). With all of Northern California at her fingertips, what teenager chooses to do that?
A geeky bookworm like me, apparently.
So here I am today. College grad, family gal, career woman. Through it all, across the rugged terrain of my trek through life, I’ve persisted in my writing, which sums up to a slew of poetry, fourteen original songs, a handful of short stories (including “Sanctuary”), and my most recent project Gypsy.
Kay Em Evans (pen name) graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Woman’s University. The capstone for her Bachelor of Arts was a research project she conducted on Eastern Europe and the three countries (Romania, Croatia, and Moldova) used for the setting of Gypsy. Her short work “Sanctuary” received an honorable mention in the 79th Annual Writers’ Digest Competition, Gypsy was a Finalist in the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest, and two of her blogs have been featured on TravBuddy.com. When she’s not writing, you can find her dropping notes-n-poems along Hvar Town’s riva, hiking across the cliffs of Beachy Head in East Sussex, or catching a maxi taxi from Bucharest to Brasov in the heart of Transylvania. She is a member of Writers’ League of Texas and YAlitchat.org.