Hello there! It’s time I (finally) got around to introducing myself. My name is Evelyn Grimald and I write romance. By romance, I mean I like to write anything from historical romance to contemporary romance, either of which could be comedic or dramatic. Romance for me is about a person being able to understand that love exists and is one of the most powerful forces. With love, a person can go far. But romance is also about understanding people, their insecurities and their hopes, and showing that such things are perfectly human. Romance is about people. It’s about humanity. And, yes, it’s about love.
But that’s enough with the philosophical musings for today! I found a list online of questions to ask authors and, using a random number generator, I am going to go through and answer a few. This is meant to be fun, so I’ll try not to be too serious. And if you have any questions about me, do let me know!
Question 59 (of 100): If you had to describe character xxx in three words, what would those three words be?
Character xxx? By that, I’m going to assume you mean my current heroine? (Some quick background here: Eleana is the Houndskeeper at Belleview estate. She has been mute from birth and communicates with hand motions. Her life is at Belleview and she adores her dogs.) Three words, hmmm…. Okay, here goes!
Fiery. Stubborn. Kind.
Question 1: What inspired you to start writing?
Honestly, I picked up a pencil and paper when I was really young, and it felt… right. Of course, the story that came of it was horrid—ah, the ignorance of a six year old—but the act of writing, of putting something that was only in my head onto paper and making it real? That was something so magical that I knew, right then and there, that I would be a writer. I haven’t stopped writing since.
Question 19: How do you do research for your books?
That depends on the research. If there’s a specific historical person I need to discuss, then I will devour all the online biographies (and usually one or two print biographies) so that I can be at least somewhat accurate in my depiction of them. The same process applies for historical events. But if I’m researching a general time period—like, say, the 1790s for The Houndskeeper—then I usually start with the fashion and what the major historical events were for the time. Then, if I need to know more specifics, I look up each specific thing one at a time.
For more modern things, or for tangible activities, I try to get as much practical understanding as I can. For one piece a while back, I was writing about blacksmiths. So I took a weekend course and did some actual blacksmithing. (Super fun, but also hard on my joints, which means it will live as a fond memory and not a current hobby.) The same thing applies for things like archery and fencing. But if I just need a tidbit here and there, I will simply scour Wikipedia or YouTube.
Ah, YouTube. Friend of the curious writer.
That’s a quick introduction for today. I’m a bit quirky (and loving it) and am thrilled to be getting The Houndskeeper out for publication come May. In the mean time, if you have any questions, just ask! I love talking with other creatives and these questions were fun to think about.