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Guest Blog: E. V. Sparrow and Free E-book to Random Commenter

Welcome to EV Sparrow--a fellow Christian fiction writer who is featuring me in her newsletter this month. I love being able to share with readers through all sorts of means!






I use a pen name, E.V. Sparrow, because many of my published stories included true situations and people that I couldn’t reach for permission. I’m from the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. People probably notice I’m short and friendly.


Tell us about your book—title and back cover blurb.


My debut historical fiction novel is Muldoon’s Misfortunes. Michéal Muldoon (Mick), a grieving, alcoholic Irish tenant farmer with scoliosis, who struggles with bitter disappointments. By the age of twenty-one, he’s lost two wives and six children to illness, but desires love and marriage. His rock is love and devotion to family. Mick blames the British for his troubles, and Mister Death—a shadowy entity he glimpses before disasters.


Fleeing his home to protect his beloved sisters, they emigrate to America in 1866. His plans cannot outrun Mister Death when he discovers his nemesis stalking them on the ship. Mick’s new citizenship doesn’t solve his troubles either. Unaware of American prejudices against the Irish and other groups, settling in New York City proves more difficult than he imagines.

While he embarks across the lawless, upper Midwestern territories searching for work, Mick remains vigilant on his quest. In his loneliness, he succumbs to the temptation of unconventional living while he works for the railroad’s expansion in South Dakota. Misfortunes plague him until all hope seems lost.


After Mick’s terrible losses and failures, how can he fortify his frail faith and return to a distant and indifferent God? Will Mick conquer alcoholism? Who can deliver him from the powerful clutches of his persistent foe, Mister Death?

 

Share one thing that you found difficult or challenging about writing this book.


It’s inspired by my great grandfather’s life, but he and I aren’t much alike. I tried to understand his thinking and behavior through letters, photos, and by my grandfather’s nature and his family’s quirks.


 

Ask the blog reader a quirky question or two?


Have you ever hopped a freight train? If not, have you ever ridden on trains of any type? What happened on the ride?


I hopped a freight train for the weekend with friends when I was 19. We were so dusty, and smelled like diesel from going through the tunnels, but the views were spectacular! I also bought a EurRail Pass when I was 21 and traveled to 14 countries. Fantastic. I guess I am like my great grandfather and grandfather in the train department.

 




Share your social media and buy links!


I have a novella almost finished, so the only buy links for now are on Amazon for the anthologies I’m in. Here’s my linktr.ee for everything: https://linktr.ee/ev.sparrow 

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patti.shene
patti.shene
06. Dez. 2023

I guess my comment got cut off. I have also ridden the Amtrak from out here in Colorado back to N.Y. a couple of times and out to LA a couple of times. Loved every minute of it. Can't say I ever hopped a train though. I always boarded with a ticket!

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E. V. Sparrow
E. V. Sparrow
08. Dez. 2023
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Ha! You did it the correct way for a passenger train. Freight train hopping is something to do with caution. Not every State allows it, or on certain lines. But Amtrak is super fun!

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patti.shene
patti.shene
06. Dez. 2023

HI E.V. and Christina. I have lived close to a train track everywhere I've lived and am still fascinated with trains. When my sister and I were kids on Long Island in New York, we were warned to stay away from the train station, but guess where we were every chance we got! We loved to watch the commuter trains going into NYC. The first time we got a train ride, our Grammie told us she was taking us for a train ride into the next town, which was only two miles or so away. Still, we were beside ourselves with excitement. Turned out she took us on a surprise trip into NYC, which was about an hour's ride.


I've…


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E. V. Sparrow
E. V. Sparrow
08. Dez. 2023
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That's a fun surprise from your Grammie. We always lived near tracks as well. My childhood hometown has many Southern Pacific routes. One was across the road from us. I grew up hearing that slow clack and thump. We walked to town on the tracks opposite of your warning. My parents said to listen and get off. The train went about 5 mph through our neighborhood, so all the kids played there. I'm glad to say no one was ever injured. Yikes!

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Heidi Lara
Heidi Lara
05. Dez. 2023

I have not ridden a train either but would like to :)

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E. V. Sparrow
E. V. Sparrow
08. Dez. 2023
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Research an Amtrak route near you. You can go for short distances as well.


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Stephanie H
Stephanie H
04. Dez. 2023

I haven't ridden a train but it does sound intriguing. Maybe one day I will travel by train somewhere.

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E. V. Sparrow
E. V. Sparrow
05. Dez. 2023
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I agree with Christina, train transportation in Europe is much easier. Last May, we rode trains in Ireland. Their modern trains are a lot like our Amtrak here. Try a short-distance ride between two cities!

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henryandlana
henryandlana
03. Dez. 2023

My father-in-law, who was born in 1911, used to hop on the front of the train, called the cow-catcher” where he lived, and ride to the next town north of him on Friday nights to play his fiddle at dances!

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
04. Dez. 2023
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That's amazing and scary!

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