Meet the Author: Clifford Evan

Words. Words. Words. In so many ways they are central to my life. I hold an MFA from Columbia University and a doctorate in Arts and Letters from Drew University. These days, I teach writing at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where I tell my students, in search of their own voice, to tune into the language of what they are writing as if they were tuning into their own personal radio station. Just keep tweaking the dial until the words come clear. Recently I had my students read Anthony Bourdain’s original essay from The New Yorker, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” asking them to pay close attention to the precision of his language, how it demonstrates unmistakable mastery of his subject matter.

In my own writing, I, too, am always in search of the perfect word—the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning, as Mark Twain once put it. The word that evokes delight, nostalgia, a chuckle or outright laughter, which is how I hope readers will react to these books. Fortunately, I’ve been able to see these readers’ reactions first-hand, such as when Cupid first debuted in 2017 at New York Comic Con.

About Cupid’s Farewell Christmas, an early reader of the story once told me how much he loved the book. That he envisioned himself reading it every Christmas, and watching it every year, too, whenever it became an animated movie. As a relatively new daddy who’s been relaunched into the winter wonderland of Christmastime through the worlds of Blake, my 4½-year-old son, and Maya, my 2½-year-old daughter, I look forward to all those Christmas Futures when I share these books with them. It’s my hope that they will be new holiday classics by then.