Eva Peck’s books usually contain spiritual insights. She writes from a Christian and international background. Through her work in Australia, USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, she has experienced a range of cultures and interacted with believers from a variety of faith traditions. As she feels that different faith perspectives can enrich one’s own spiritual path, she values a nondenominational approach in her spiritual writings.
Eva has also been a nature lover since childhood, studied biological sciences, and is drawing in her books on her scientific knowledge and interest. She has an undergraduate degree in science and postgraduate diploma in education, as well as a Masters degree in theology. Readers may like to visit her website, www.pathway-publishing.org for an overview of her and her husband’s works, including the publishing of books featuring her 90-year-old father’s art, photography and poetry (in Czech).
What inspires you to write?
I tend to write based on my experiences with nature, lessons learned from life and interacting with others, and my understanding of the Christian (and sometimes other) Scriptures.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually start with an idea and then develop an outline – starting on paper or on the computer. In putting flesh on the outline, I find that more often than not I end up revising it. In the editing process, I then check the flow of ideas and paragraphs, making sure it is all sound and logical. I edit multiple times, as well as having my writer/editor husband go over my writing to help me see if anything is unclear or in other ways potentially problematic.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Most of my writing is personal experience based non-fiction, so this question does not apply.
What advice would you give other writers?
Realize that good writing takes time and never comes out right the first time around. Write, rewrite and edit more than once – allowing time between the steps so that your perspective remains as fresh as possible. Always have someone else go over your writing to avoid getting too close to it and too enamored with it. Ask for honest feedback and consider it very carefully, rather than justifying and clinging to your own views no matter what.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have done both traditional publishing and self-publishing. When living in Europe, I have had several educational books accepted for publication by traditional publishers. Now I mostly self-publish with the option of being able to purchase books on an as-needed basis at wholesale prices for my own distribution. This has saved me time in submitting proposals and receiving rejections or no replies from publishers (which I have experienced as well). I also enjoy the creativity in putting a book together and getting it ready for publication.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that with the multiple, relatively easy, and affordable options to self-publish, more and more aspiring authors will be doing it. This gives writers an almost unlimited opportunity to express themselves, but may also introduce low-quality publications to the ever-increasing book market.
I think that traditional publishers will also have their place, but may somewhat decline.
And of course, there is a rapidly increasing e-book market, catering for the owners of ipads, Kindle devices, and the like. The advantages of e-books are low cost, high portability, and better use of resources. However, I think that the older generation (and others) will always cherish the feel of a paper book in their hands.
What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Editor
What genres do you write?
Spirituality, Christian non-fiction, devotional, Bible Study, memoir
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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