Stay Focused, Live Free with Evan Gilbert – Post + Giveaway

December 30, 2015

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Greetings, all. This is Evan Gilbert, here for the release today of
my novella Eyes on Sparrow.


People and events in my own life often provide the spark that drives my fiction writing. Several months ago, I casually mentioned to a friend that I wanted to do another gay romantic story involving blue collar men. This friend has a fetish for construction workers and suggested (demanded, actually) that I include at least one in my new endeavor. That inspired the creation of Kele Smith, the sexy young Native American man who becomes a teasing object of desire while building a house. Originally, I was going to pair him off with an older construction worker. That changed when a cousin of mine graduated from high school in May. I asked her what she planned to do next, and she explained that she would be attending the college her parents chose, as well as pursuing the course of study they selected for her. Her interests, she further explained, lie elsewhere, but her parents were footing the bill, so what could she do?


I don’t usually stick my nose where it doesn’t belong, but I went to my aunt and uncle on my cousin’s behalf and told them she really wanted a different career than the one they were pushing her into. They told me my cousin had been directionless her entire time in high school and was still directionless, which is why they made the choices they did for her. I couldn’t get them to see that their daughter’s perceived lack of aim had more to do with their always leading her by the hand while she was growing up rather than stepping back and letting her do her own thing.


The discussions with my cousin, aunt, and uncle caused the character Morgan Breck to spring into the story. Newly graduated from high school, he’s a young man who has never asserted his independence, even sublimating his sexuality to the will of his parents. Religious themes worked their way in with Morgan and his parents, which led to Kele getting the “Sparrow” nickname. I wanted to use a title that played off the old gospel hymn “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”


Here we are on the cusp of a brand new year, a time for making bold decisions, changing direction, taking chances and taking control. Is there something you’ve wanted to do with your life but haven’t for some reason?  Have you decided to make a leap of faith in the coming year? Leave a comment with your resolutions, or share your thoughts on living freely and independently. After seventy-two hours, all commenters will be entered into a drawing and the winner gets to select an eBook from my backlist.


Thanks for reading, and all the best to you in 2016.


Get your copy of Eyes on Sparrow here!


23 Responses to “Stay Focused, Live Free with Evan Gilbert – Post + Giveaway”

  1. H.B. says:

    Congrats on the release of Eyes on Sparrow!

    Living independently and freely I think is important in helping to build confidence and decision making. Also needless to say it is stressful and can lead to depression. Having people tell you what to do creates dependency. What happens when that rug is pulled from right under you? Nothing good, it’s like putting a baby or amnesiac out to roam.

  2. Susan says:

    I love the premise of Eyes on Sparrow! I’m fortunate to have had parents who let me live independently. My next big leap of faith, after caring for my parents in their last years, is to move to Colorado to be near other family and to leave a red state that is suffocating me.

  3. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of Eyes on Sparrow. I have the ebook on my ereader as we speak and look forward in reading :)
    I don’t have any New Years Resolutions, i feel that if you want something to change you should try to do so immediatly and not wait for another year to start ;)

  4. Evan says:

    Thanks for the congrats and sharing your insights. H.B., I heartily agree with you on the importance of independence. Best of luck to you, Susan, in your move to Colorado. And I like your idea, Angela, of not waiting to begin making changes.

    Susan is the winner of the drawing. Congrats, and we’ll be getting in touch with you to get your chosen eBook of mine to you. Thanks again for your comments, and happy reading!

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