Authors Showcase: Flights of Fancy by Crow Johnson Evans
July 6, 2014
The Book: Flights of Fancy
The Author: Crow Johnson Evans
The Story: “…when we make something it holds more than just the materials we use,” says Miss Henrietta, one of the characters in a short story included in Crow Johnson Evans’ generously laden buffet of a book. With materials ranging from short stories, a novella, and non-fiction essays, tones and genres which include memoir, science fiction, suspense, and YA, Evans takes readers from Beirut to the Ozark backwoods, past, present, and future, with narrators of all ages (including a tree). Knitting, weaving, the sounds of a South Indian morning, a loving but lily-besotted partner…these are rich materials. But she makes them “more,” as her observed thoughts, feelings, empathy, and insight overlay real and imagined experience. Flights of Fancy takes wing. It will nest in readers’ branches for a long time to come – Crescent Dragonwagon, Author of Bean by Bean.
In this short story collection, author Crow Johnson Evans displays a deep concern and understanding of humanity, a lively spirit of adventure, and a lyrical writing talent. The outcome is a reading treasure providing thoughtful entertainment and delight to all. Enjoy! – Radine Trees Nehring, author of Dear Earth: A Love Letter From Spring Hollow and the “To Die For” Mystery series.
Flights of Fancy is songwriter Crow Johnson Evans’ fanciful journey into prose. Along the flight path the reader has a wide-angle view of terrain stretching from Gibraltar to India, to Texas. This collection is a feast for the senses as it stitches together a patchwork quilt of storytelling, mystery and song. – Alison Moore, author of Synonym for Love.
In Flights of Fancy, a character says: ” I don’t know how long we stayed that way, arms out, feeling the world humming.” Crow Johnson Evans could have been describing her own book there. It hums –with wonder and wit and intelligence, with the natural world and knitting and generosity. It hums indeed. – Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and The Red Thread.
About Crow Johnson Evans:
She’s not very tall and often seen holding hands with Gravette dentist, Art Evans. Crow Johnson Evans married Art and moved to town 29 years ago. At the time she was a singer/songwriter touring the country.
In recent years she’s been weaving stories and spinning yarns when not helping out at the dental office. Yes, balancing her time between fiber arts and fiction. “Flights of Fancy- Short Stories, Essays, Novella, and Other Pieces” was published by Mockingbird Lane Press this winter. The collection is like a bag of shiny marbles, each one a different size, color, and texture. From country stories to mystery to memoir— this book, like her life, is an adventure.
Learn more about Crow at http://crowspun.com/
Review by Arkansas Book Reviewer: Touching, soulful, lyrical…just a few words to describe Crow Johnson Evans’ unique and expressive take on life in her multi-faceted book, Flights of Fancy: Short Stories, Essays, Novella, and Other Pieces.
Flights of Fancy is filled with meaningful, thought-provoking stories whose impact will have the reader impressed by Evans’ ability to translate so much in so few words. Stories for the young and old at heart will touch you in titles such as, “Miss Henrietta’s Invisible Doors”, “Weaving with Miss Henrietta” and “Reincarnatin”. A tale from a tree’s perspective can be found in, “Incident at Hurricane Creek”; song lyrics in, “Every Now and Then”, “Gypsy Heart” and “People Like Us”; an essay in, “Sleeping in Cars”; a short story in, “Finding Miss Verna”; a novella mystery in, “Madame Butterfly”; a futuristic tale in, “The Red Glove”, among others.
Crow Johnson Evans proves her writing talent in Flights of Fancy and leaves no doubt where her passion lies. An artist of words, Evans paints scenes as clear to the mind’s eye as one seen in person. Her fluid writing includes enough wisdom to make one stop and think—even contemplate a change in attitude, and enough imagination and energy to keep readers entertained and turning the pages for more.
With twenty-three titles, this 215 page book will provide the perfect pastime to while away those warm summer days. Perfect for all ages and libraries, Flights of Fancy will warm and amuse. Another great Arkansas author to be proud of, Crow Johnson Evans will surprise with her talent. 5-Star!