Author and editor Ev Bishop is a long time columnist with The Terrace Standard—and like her blog, “Simple Things,” which was originally published back in 2005, many of her columns are inspired by her family. Her non-fiction work appears in a variety of regional and international publications and her fiction has short-listed in writing contests and been published in Cleavage – Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls, a Sumach Press anthology, AlienSkin Magazine, and Every Day Fiction Magazine.
Alongside her creative and business writing, Ev offers editing services and craft workshops for writers of all ages and ilk.
When her nose isn’t in a book or her fingers aren’t at her keyboard, you’ll find Ev hanging out with her husband and kids, lounging at the lake, or digging about in her flowerbed.
Q: How did you get into writing?
A: It’s hard for me to answer how I got into writing, because as far back as I can remember, I have loved stories, fictional and non, and related to my world and the people around me through words. Before I could actually write, I have memories of filling notebooks with line after line of curlicue squiggles—my interpretation of handwriting—and sharing these “stories” I’d written with whoever would listen.
That said, I probably got serious about writing, in that I started trying to publish finished pieces, some time in my late twenties (so the end of the 1990s J). Writing is still the best—and most fun—way I know to try understand myself and the world around me.
Q: Why did you decide to get involved with this project?
A: I loved the idea that my essay could perhaps bring a smile to some parent who was feeling down—but in the end, arguably, words are just words, so the further benefit of aiding in something that’s such measurable, practical help—the raising of money for kids and families struggling with medical costs—well, let’s just say I had to give it a shot.
Q: What are you working on next?
A: I try to write daily, thus I’m usually in the middle of something. My current “big” project is a mystery/suspense novel with supernatural elements, but I also have stories for a YA anthology bumping about in my head, and, of course, the antics of my cud-song-singing son (read the anthology for more on that!) and head-shaking daughter triggering more column and essay ideas. Ah, so many words—so little time!
I also wanted to express a big thank you and well done to the editors and behind-the-scene helpers who weren’t satisfied with having a great idea: they made that great idea, reality. Kudos to you for a job well done.
We greatly appreciate Ev’s contribution and look forward to seeing more from her in the future!