Playing Book Trivia with Evy Journey, Author of the Historical Fiction/Women's Fiction Mystery THE GOLDEN MANUSCRIPTS: A NOVEL


It’s time to play Book Trivia!
Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us.  By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!  So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!

Today our guest author is Evy Journey, author of the women's fiction, The Golden Manuscripts: A Novel.

Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us! 

In the movie Castaway, if Tom Hanks unearthed a copy of The Golden Manuscripts, how would that help Tom find a way off the island?

The castaway has a problem to solve—going home. Like the main characters in my book, he would learn how to be patient, to assess his situation and gather as much information as he can. Weeding out irrelevant and unhelpful clues, he can further assess possible solutions and what each would entail.

Everyone knows Miley Cyrus is the wild child in the music business.  But she read your book and wants to let you know that it changed her life for the better.  Why did your book give Miley a new lease on life?

I assume the main character’s journey of self-discovery must have resonated with Miley. Being thrust into the limelight at an early age is similar to Clarissa’s having to navigate many bewildering cultures in different cities as she grew up. Miley has to deal with the discombobulating effects of her celebrity life, and just as Clarissa does so immersed in the art of illustrated books, Miley can do it thru her music performances.

You are being pulled over for speeding. When the officer asks you for your license and you discover you left it at home, you decide to pull out your book instead. What do you tell the officer?

I’m truly sorry, officer. I’m just an absent-minded writer. Here’s my new book. The picture in the Author Page will prove it. Would you like a copy in exchange for the citation you’re about to give me? I can sign it if you want.

You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay.  What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?

An excerpt gives them a more intimate sense of what the book is all about, and how it could be made into a movie. The judges might also be impressed to learn how’s it’s based on actual events. An excerpt is more likely than a review or a book cover to do that.

A homeless man was caught stealing your book out of a bookstore. When asked why he did it, he opened the book and pointed a passage out. What was that passage?

There’s serenity in shared silences like this that reawakens my memory of a Zen passage I read once, a calming passage teeming with implications:

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing,

Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”

Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2023 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.  Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom.  On stage, you must give an acceptance speech.  What would you say and who would you thank?

There’s a quote from science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin that’s forever etched in my mind: “The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”

I would like to thank all the readers who gave life to my story. You alone made this award happen. Knowing you’re out there to share this particular journey is what I need to keep writing.


Evy Journey writes. Stories and blog posts. Novels that tend to cross genres. She’s also a wannabe artist, and a flâneuse. Evy studied psychology (M.A., University of Hawaii; Ph.D. University of Illinois). So her fiction spins tales about nuanced characters dealing with contemporary life issues and problems. She believes in love and its many faces. Her one ungranted wish: To live in Paris where art is everywhere and people have honed aimless roaming to an art form. She has visited and stayed a few months at a time.

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A young woman of Asian/American parentage has lived in seven different countries and is anxious to find a place she could call home. An unusual sale of rare medieval manuscripts sends her and Nathan—an art journalist who moonlights as a doctor—on a quest into the dark world of stolen art.  For Clarissa, these ancient manuscripts elicit cherished memories of children’s picture books her mother read to her, nourishing a passion for art.  When their earnest search for clues whisper of old thieves and lead to the unexpected, they raise more questions about an esoteric sometimes unscrupulous art world that defy easy answers.   Will this quest reward Clarissa with the sense of home she longs for? This cross-genre literary tale of self-discovery, art mystery, travel, and love is based on the actual theft by an American soldier of illuminated manuscripts during World War II.
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