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April - June 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 2
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Groundbreaking Reads with Mary Anna Evans

Your Novel Day by Day
Carol Anderson

Do you dig mysteries? This year’s theme for Adult Summer Reading is Groundbreaking Reads. That immediately suggested an archaeological slant for our summer programming at the Leesburg Public Library, and who better to invite than award-winning author Mary Anna Evans? Evans’ series featuring her detective/archaeologist character Faye Longchamps includes Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, and the latest title, Plunder. Plunder earned the Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal for 2012 in both General Fiction and Popular Fiction. In Plunder, Faye helps a young teenager who has lost everything but a dilapidated old houseboat left to her by her murdered grandmother and uncle while researching archaeological sites that may soon succumb to the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Although Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, her heart is in the past. Mary Anna is a recent recipient of the Mississippi Library Association's Mississippi Author Award and Phi Mu Fraternity's Book of the Biennium Award, and her novels have received recognitions including a spot on Voice of Young America's list of "Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal." They have been on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's bestseller list and have been designated Notable Books by Booksense and IndieBound. Mary Anna has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and multiple Florida Book Awards Bronze Medals. Her books have been nominated for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year and for the SIBA Book Award.

Mary Anna Evans has also written Your Novel: Day by Day, designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the process. This book of practical advice is a day by day and page by page, explanation of crafting a plot, fleshing out believable characters, organizing a novel’s timeline, crafting believable motivations for your characters, editing objectively, evaluating traditional and independent publishing options, and marketing to agents, publishers, and readers. Because Mary Anna understands the importance of maintaining your own motivation during the arduous process of writing a novel, she has chosen a narrative structure that will provide you with a written companion for a year’s worth of writing.

Save the date of Tuesday, June 25th for a very special opportunity to meet and learn from this talented and vivacious author. Mary Anna Evans will present two programs at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, Florida on that date. At 10:30 am, she will share her guide to planning, writing, editing and publishing, Your Novel: Day by Day. At 2:00 pm, she will discuss her popular archaeological mystery series featuring Faye Longchamps and her newest book, Plunder. These programs are free and open to the public, made possible by the generous support of the Lake County Library System and the Friends of the Leesburg Library. For further information, please call 352-728-9790 or e-mail