Meet the Author: Margi Evans
“I was born with manure in my blood and ink in my veins.”
That’s what Margi Evans would tell you if you were chatting with her over a cup of coffee. Seemingly from birth she wanted to ride horses and then write stories about horses. She grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and began taking riding lessons as an eight-year-old. As a young teen, she was able to get her own horse, which she supported by babysitting and cleaning houses. Pony Club was a great blessing in her life as the instructors were donating their time…a price she could afford. She also learned horsemanship through that organization. She loved competing in the regional pony club rallies with her team.
Was Margi a Writer All Her Life?
“After graduating from Oregon State University, I married my high school sweetheart then spent five years teaching at the high school and junior high levels. I had to put aside my riding and my desire to write until the last of our five children entered first grade. When Nick went to his first day of school, I had three appointments to ride horses that were for sale!”
Rearing her children was a creative experience all its own, so she didn’t mind saving the stories that she had in her head. She coached Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination teams for seventeen years so that her children could participate. She had “drawing days,” “reading time,” and “family field trips” while her kids were growing up.
“Eventually,” Margi says, “I did find time to write. My first books were non-fiction equestrian trail guide books titled: Riding Colorado and Riding Colorado II.” She is currently working on Riding Colorado III, loving to explore new trails in Colorado where she currently lives.
Margi’s Latest Writing Adventure
Margi has always been an avid fantasy reader, so with the 2011 release of the Mist Trilogy Volume 1: Behind the Mist, Volume 2: Mists of Darkness to be released in January 2013 but available now on her website, and The Rising Mist, a work-in-progress, she has been able to combine her love for horses with her love of fantasy. These values-laden stories for middle grade and young adult readers tell of noble and great horses that become unicorns in their after-life. Laced with spiritual meaning, one reviewer compared her to C.S. Lewis, a great compliment to any writer.
Margi’s fantasy books are available at www.behindthemist.com or wherever books are sold.