Evangeline Holland

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May 24th, 2016 by Evangeline Holland

On After You’ve Gone

After You've Gone: A Short Story from Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War

My story, in ebook form

This post is a week late, seeing as how my short story was released in ebook format last Tuesday. Nevertheless, I am excited and still thrilled by being able to see this story in particular sitting on bookshelves and available for individual purchase.

When Heather Webb tapped me for this anthology, my brain immediately raced towards possible plots. I wrote and tossed out a number of ideas–especially since I was learning, painfully, how to write short–until I realized what I wanted to do: honor my unknown ancestors who served in WWI.

It’s a long story, but I know little of my family history beyond my paternal grandmother and maternal grandmother. My mom’s dad died before I could meet him with any kind of awareness (I was around him as a baby), and I met my dad’s (estranged) father as he was dying of kidney disease. So history and historical fiction for me is an attempt to find a background of some sort, to imagine what these nameless, faceless relatives might have experienced over the course of the twentieth century.

As a result, when I sat down to write my contribution to Fall of Poppies, I didn’t want to write about upper crust Brits, but about people who might have been in my family or connected to them.

It was still difficult to write, haha. But I was never more satisfied with a piece of writing than when I sent off After You’ve Gone to my editor at HarperCollins.

I hope all who’ve purchased it or the full length anthology will read it with enjoyment. Stay tuned for an annotated post where I explain the historical details in the story.

FALL OF POPPIES: HarperCollins | Indiebound | Amazon | Powell’s | B & N

AFTER YOU’VE GONE: Amazon | Nook | Kobo | iBooks

August 6th, 2015 by Evangeline Holland

COVER REVEAL: Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War

At long last, I am able to share the cover for Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War!

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Top voices in historical fiction deliver an intensely moving collection of short stories about loss, longing, and hope in the aftermath of World War I—featuring bestselling authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig and edited by Heather Webb.

A squadron commander searches for meaning in the tattered photo of a girl he’s never met…

A Belgian rebel hides from the world, only to find herself nursing the enemy…

A young airman marries a stranger to save her honor—and prays to survive long enough to love her…

The peace treaty signed on November 11, 1918, may herald the end of the Great War but for its survivors, the smoke is only beginning to clear. Picking up the pieces of shattered lives will take courage, resilience, and trust.

Within crumbled city walls and scarred souls, war’s echoes linger. But when the fighting ceases, renewal begins…and hope takes root in a fall of poppies.

Read an excerpt of my contribution, After You’ve Gone, on my website!

Visit my fellow authors: Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Lauren Willig, and Marci Jefferson

October 24th, 2014 by Evangeline Holland

On Reviews

Halegate, on top of other instances of incredibly immature overreactions to book blogging, review blogs, and book reviews, has created (or perhaps revealed) fragments in the online book reading & writing community. Better scribes than I have gone through Halegate with a fine-toothed comb, so I don’t feel the need to add my voice to the fray.

I’ve been online since 1998, when my mom brought a computer home from work and we gathered around the screen to watch it boot up America Online. From day one I discovered the internet could bring me closer to people who shared my interests. Back in the late 90s, all of the stuff that is now considered mainstream/pop culture/”cool” (e.g. how proudly many are to latch onto the Nerd label) was not. I was the weird one amongst my circle–the band geek and cheerleader/track runner, the girl who was equally nuts over Buffy the Vampire Slayer and mainstream family sitcoms like Boy Meets World and Sister, Sister, who eagerly taped the latest hip-hop songs and bubblegum pop from the radio, who was equally comfortable sitting alone with a stack of books and, well, pulling pranks and other teenage exploits. But on the internet, I could be all of these things at one time.

As a result, I’ve always viewed reviews as an extension of fandom (so to speak). You don’t rant or rave about things you don’t give a crap about. You don’t engage with the text–or TV show or musician or movie–and are eager to initiate conversation about it unless you care deeply about the product.

From the standpoint of a creator, I won’t lie and say I don’t think 1 and 2-star reviews suck. I don’t go out to read my reviews because I don’t need that in my headspace, but when I do see a 2 star review, I’m that monster going “Grr Argh” over the Mutant Enemy logo. Oddly enough, I was more floored by a 1 star review of my non-fiction than a 1-star review of my fiction. I guess it’s because non-fiction feels like it comes directly from my intelligence, whereas fiction is an emotional/creative outpouring that I leave behind once I’ve completed the book.

So to wrap this up: Reviews are for readers, not because they want the freedom to tell you how much you suck and you need to stop writing, but because this is how they engage with their reading and their corner of the book-reading community. Rampage against reviews and reviewers and you kill the community. That definitely makes me Grr Argh.