“Look for ideas and characters that have buried energy”, suggests author Eva Stachniak, “for this energy will have to sustain you over many long months or years of work. Before you commit yourself to an idea know that it is strong enough not to run out of steam.”
Eva has certainly not run out of steam, having just added The School of Mirrors to a roster of best-selling novels including The Chosen Maiden, The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night, Necessary Lies and Garden of Venus.
The School of Mirrors sweeps readers away to 18th century France and Versailles’ legendary Hall of Mirrors. Shining with rich historical detail, the novel pulls readers into a riveting story of a young woman’s struggle and journey, set against the backdrop of royal court intrigue and French Revolution.
Born and raised in Wrocław, Poland, Eva came to Canada in 1981 to study at McGill University, where she graduated in 1988 with a PhD in literature. She has worked for Radio Canada International and taught English and Humanities at Sheridan College. Eva lives in Toronto.
Eva is sponsored by Author Patron, Kimberly Falk.
Special thanks to both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Writers’ Union of Canada’s generous support.
WR4. Writing Historical Fiction
Past Festival Appearances
2017: 15. Pen and Pointe Shoes: The Story of Bronia Nijinska, 19. Fictionalizing Famous Figures