Evelyn Rainey

Evelyn Rainey

Author, Herbalist, Facilitator, Dreamer, Writer, Singer, Crocheter, Belly Dancer

Events, Conventions, Conferences

Guest Speaker/Book Signing
Sarasota ABC Writers
Jan. 21, 2015
Sarasota, FL

Key Note Speaker/Workshop Facilitator/Book Signing
South Florida State College Writers Conference
Feb. 27, 2015
Avon Park, FL

Guest Speaker/Book Signing: Clay County Writers
March 18, 2015
Orange Park, FL

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 if you wish to host a book signing or have me as a guest speaker.

Books by Release Date
July 2014
The Island Remains
Whiskey Creek Press
Paperback & e-book

December 10, 2013
Perky's Books & Gifts
Bedlam Press
paperback & e-book

August 1, 2012
Bedina's War
Comfort Publishing
in trade-back and e-book

March 2011
Minna Pegeen
Comfort Publishing
in trade-back and e-book

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About Evelyn ~~

My first book – Minna Pegeen – came out in 2011 and my second book – Bedina’s War – came out August 2012. (Both are published by Comfort Publishing.)  Bedlam Press released Perky's Books & Gifts December 2013.  I'm looking forward to Whiskey Creek Press's release of The Island Remains this coming year! I’ve been published in over a dozen magazines and newspapers.  I wrote a weekly column for veterans for BellaOnline for three years and now write the ScienceFiction/Fantasy Books column there.  Occasionally, I find time to post on my blog. Plus, I facilitate a group for writers: Writers for All Seasons.

Over my thirty-one years as an educator, I have taught elementary, middle, high, and adult schools and in alternative school sites like DJJ and Teen Pregnancy Centers.  I’m certified in Early Childhood, Elementary, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Middle School Integrated Curriculum, Gifted, and Journalism.  Right now, I am teaching Robotics to the greatest kids in the world - at Jewett School of the Arts.

My home – Fern Cottage – is certified as a natural habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (which means it provides food, shelter, water, and breeding areas for wildlife and does not use fertilizers or pesticides) and is a haven to many endangered birds, lizards, and plants.  Currently, I am foster mother to over a thousand tadpoles (I can differentiate three separate kinds) and share my home with Daisy – my mostly yellow lab and Moonbeam – my mostly Siamese and their mini-panther Shadow and hunter extraordinaire Sterling and foundling Peek-a-boo (whom Sterling rescued).  My avocado tree is loaded this year and I share fresh pineapples with my friends. My tadpole ponds are not quite as busy this year, but I still am serenaded by thousands of the adult frogs each night. 

People often ask me when I find  time to write as much as I do.  It's easy, I spend my time doing what's important to me; everything else takes a back-seat.   Most of my life, writing had to take the back-seat.  I wrote for decades with no thought of becoming published.  There were just too many other necessary responsibilities that took precedence before I could  do all it takes to market a manuscript.  But I never stopped writing.  Finally, there came a point in my life when I did have time to invest in the business-side of writing.  Four years of 'letters of declination' passed before BellaOnline hired me as the Veterans' columnist and another six months passed before Comfort Publishing bought my  first novel.  I've had two more books published since then, plus another one scheduled to be released. And I'm just beginning!

My favorite authors: not in any certain order, but beginning with CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien and closely followed by Robert Jordan, Louis L'Amour, Rachel Carson, Orson Scott Card, Douglas Adams, and Scott Cunningham.  My research comes from many different areas, but a great deal of it comes from 
A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M Grieve FRHS first published 1931 by Jonathan Cape Ltd.  and Wikipedia.

Spiritually, I follow the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.  I mention this because, as you read my  novels, you may wonder about my spiritual path.  I believe there is more grace than sin, more joy than sorrow, and more hope than despair.  I believe none of us are strangers to despair, but when given the choice between darkness and light, we should choose the light.  I believe we are placed on this earth to help each other, but we are just visiting here.  We are souls who during these brief years have a body. 

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