Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn (pronounced A-o-win) LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. Her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

She works at the independent bookstore Fireside Books where she plays matchmaker between readers and books. The Snow Child is her debut novel. Her short fiction appears in the anthology Cold Flashes, University of Alaska Press 2010, and the North Pacific Rim literary journal Cirque.

From her Q & A with Arifa Akbar at the Independent:

Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him

It's hard because I have so many but one of my top ones is Louise Erdrich. She has such a poetic voice and her novels look at both what is beautiful and very hard about life.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?

Probably Mary from 'Little House on the Prairie', who always did what she was supposed to. I wish I was more like her sister, Laura, who was mischievous and adventurous.
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Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?

Fannie Quigley, an Alaskan who was very adventurous. She lived by herself in the 1920s and 1930s, grew her own vegetables, had no fear, and didn't seem to care what anyone thought of what she was doing.
Read the complete Q & A.

Learn more about the author and her work at Eowyn Ivey's website and blog.

Writers Read: Eowyn Ivey.

--Marshal Zeringue