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Eva Silverfine Tells All About Her IR Approved Book

Ephemeral Wings received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Eva Silverfine.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Ephemeral Wings, published October 6, 2022.

What’s the book’s first line?

“Maggie touched down.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

Like many of us, Maggie is navigating her path through a complex world—except, Maggie is a mayfly nymph, and her world is the stream.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

I studied stream ecology as a graduate student. I found that I was as interested in the scientists around me as I was in the stream-dwelling insects I was studying. I observed that individuals chose to research topics that reflected their views of the world, myself included, and the book took off from there.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

It is a story of going out in the world to learn about it but also, on that journey, “testing” one’s own precepts. The main character is an idealist, and part of her quest is to embrace and hold onto that youthful idealism into her adulthood.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

There is a naiveté and incertitude about Maggie yet a tenaciousness in her pursuit. Honestly, she is a version of my younger self.

When did you first decide to become an author?

Leaving the public library at about the age of 10 I decided that I, too, wanted to create the intimate world I experienced as a reader (although I didn’t express it as such). It wasn’t until I was 25, though, in the middle of my master’s study, that I started to write—this book, in fact.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

Yes, although it is the third I have published.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I am a freelance copy editor for academic and nonprofit presses. I edit nonfiction, mostly but not exclusively in the sciences.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)

Writing is about communication—that is what I found as a child, and that is what I still love about literature, as a reader and a writer.

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