Interview with Eva Marie Cagley, poet and writer

Tell me a bit about yourself….

I was born Eva Marie Cagley in 1958 in Iowa. I come from a large family having nine children. Two sisters and six brothers. I am sixty-three years old. Both my parents Frank and Priscilla have passed away and my two eldest brothers, Robert and Jerry. Grief is a hard thing to deal with and a slow process. I suffer from depression and it has been a lifelong battle for me.

I am retired and spent most of my career counseling teenagers. I have no children, as I was never able to have any. So, working with kids gave me great joy.

I was raised on acreage and love the country to this day. Although I currently live in town. I love animals and have always had them in my life as part of the family.

I love writing about life!

What genre/s do you write in?

I write poetry, essays, articles and currently working on my autobiography.

How long have you been writing?

Ever since 6th grade, about 11 years old.

Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about these and what publishing route you took.

Yes, I have four poetry books published.

“Where Poets Dream”

“I shall always think of you”

“Dancing in Heaven”

“In the Garden of My Mind”

I also have many articles published on various ezines and blogs.

Did you use an editor? If so, who?

I used an editor for all my poetry books. Destiny to Write Publications and Binky Publishing.

Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?

The publishers chose my book covers. I had a hand in saying what I was looking for.

Did you self-publish or get traditionally published? How did this go for you?

My books were published through Lulu and Amazon. Available in eBook’s and paperback.

How do you market your work and promote your brand? (Include links)

I promote my books on various websites and a web page I am featured on.

Web site:

What social media and writing platforms would you recommend?

Facebook has been a good social media site for me.

I use word Press for my personal website.

Do you use an agent?

No, I do not have an agent I promote myself.

Do you use paid advertising? If so what?

No, I do not currently use paid advertising.

Do you have a blog or website?

Yes, I do have a website noted in an earlier question.

What inspires you most to write?

I often feel incomplete if I am not writing. I have found it to be very therapeutic dealing with my depression. Living life inspires me. Every-day occurrences.

What do you do to help with writers’ block?

Reading my writings and others usually does the trick.

How do you plan your writing and start?

I schedule a couple of hours for writing every day except Sundays.

Is writing your full-time job? If not what else do you do?

I am retired, but writing is currently my full-time job…


What are you working on at the moment?

Currently, I am working on writing articles for a blog and a magazine on a regular basis. And I am writing my Autobiography.

What is your target audience?

Writers of all genres and readers!

How long does it take you to write a book?

I do not have a time limit for writing books. I write until I have enough poetry about 50 poems to publish a poetry book. I expect my Autobiography will take a great deal of time.

When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?

In 6th grade we were studying Robert Frost I fell in love with poetry then.

What is your writing schedule look like?

I often write in the wee hours of the night when there is silence in my house.

What does your family think about you writing?

My family is supportive and buys my books and reads my Online Publications!

What do you do when you are not writing?

I love to go consignment shopping and antiquing. I am also currently working on making a patchwork quilt.

Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?

Subjects that are important to me influence what I write about and just reading inspires me.

What do you think makes a good story?

For me, real-life experiences that I can relate to.

Here is a link that will take you to links of all my publications.

Thank you for the chance to get to know you better Eva and welcome aboard The NZDream blog as a guest poster.

Eva will be writing for the blog fortnightly we look forward to her publications.

If you would like to write for The NZDream blog, please email me at

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