Hancock County native Evan Myers recently published his first novel “Dusk on the Western Range” on April 26. Myers graduated from Greenfield-Central High School in 2012; he worked as a public affairs specialist and photojournalist with the Indiana National Guard, as a reporter for the Daily Reporter, and in communications with an organization called USA Cares in Louisville. He is currently a high school English teacher and wrestling coach at Jefferson High School near Louisville. Here’s a look at his passion for writing and his plans for the future.
Daily Reporter: How long have you been writing?
Evan Myers: In addition to my work as a journalist, I’ve also been writing fiction as a hobby for as long as I can remember. All through high school and college, I was writing short stories. I love to write dialogues, so I have also written several plays. When I was a senior at G-CHS, my one-act play “Knight School” was produced by the G-CHS Drama Club. When I was a student at Purdue, one of my works, “You Don’t Work Here,” won the Brian Mexicott Award for Best Original Drama at the annual Purdue Literary Awards. “Dusk on the Western Range” is my first novel, so taking on the challenge of a new medium was an adventure in itself!
DR: What sparked your interest in writing?
EM: When I was a kid, I thought a blank sheet of paper was the most exciting thing in the world. Each time I had the opportunity to invent a new story, new characters, a new world, I felt like I was going on an adventure. All I needed was a pen and my imagination, and I was free to create.
DR: What was the inspiration for your book?
EM: “Dusk on the Western Range” is a post-apocalyptic western. After reading it, a colleague of mine described it as “Divergent” meets “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, which was quite a humiliating compliment. The events of “Dusk on the Western Range” take place in a world where a mysterious biological attack killed 75% of the American population, almost overnight. My Story picks up 30 years after the attack, following two characters as they embark on an adventure across the American West. Here comes the fun part; I had the idea for “Dusk on the Western Range” way back in 2017, long before anyone had ever heard of Covid-19. But I never bothered to bunker and write it all down until a real pandemic hit! Ironic, I know.
DR: Do you have any plans for a local signing?
EM: I’m planning to do a book signing in Hancock County soon. No location is set in stone, but I reached out to a few friends and business owners in Greenfield for book signing events. For more information on book signing events, stay tuned for updates at evanmyersbooks.com and follow me on Facebook @evanmyersbooks.
DR: What’s next for you and your writing career?
EM: I definitely plan to write and publish more action-adventure novels in the future. Fiction writing has become a great side job for me. Being an English teacher by day and an author by night is a great career combination. Sometimes I get nervous about having writers block or not being able to come up with more material. I generally find comfort in the words of Ernest Hemingway: “You have always written before, and you write now. All you have to do is write a true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.
“Dusk on the Western Range,” which was published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, can be purchased from Amazon.com as an e-book or paperback. It’s also available for free through a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program.