An Interview with Evelyn Berke
Good afternoon, dear reader! If you are a regular reader of my blog, You’ve had the opportunity to meet Evelyn Berke. Today, you’re going to chance to learn a little bit more about her in a special interview. Evelyn plays an interesting role in The House on Maple Street through her research into the history of the boarding house where she is a tenant.
Evelyn, thank you for joining us today. Why don’t we start with you telling us a little bit about yourself.
Of course. Thank you for having me. My name is Evelyn Berke. I’m originally from the mid-west, from a town I guarantee you have never heard of. I moved to the east coast about five years ago to work at JC as the head librarian.
Wonderful. What made you select JC?
Well, it was a combination of things. First, the area where JC is located has a very active historical society. I’m very passionate about doing research on the stories behind historic buildings. So I knew that would be a great fit. Then I saw the gorgeous Victorian home on Maple Street, while I was apartment hunting, and I knew this was going to be the right fit.
Did you research the history of the house?
I did. It was a really challenging project actually.
Why don’t you tell us a little more about it?
Well, the house was built by a well-known family in the area. The Browns. But it was abandoned in the early 1950s. It then sat vacant for many years until my current landlord bought it as an investment property. The whole story is really very interesting.
You said this was a challenging project. What were something of the things that made it a challenge?
Any time you do a research project into a historic building, there are always going to be challenges. But in this case, tracking down articles and other information about the family proved particularly difficult. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I have an affection for microfiche!
That does sound challenging. Can you tell us what happened to the Browns?
No, I’m afraid I can’t. You’ll have to read about them in the book.
I’d like to thank Evelyn Berke for taking the time to join us today and giving us a little more insight into her role in the upcoming book.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little interview with Evelyn Berke. I’m also pleased to announce The House on Maple Street is targeted to be released on November 17th. I will update in my next post. The book will be available on Amazon on Kindle and in paperback.
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