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Thursday, March 11, 2010

UWP senior gets published

PLATTEVILLE - University of Wisconsin-Platteville senior, Evelyn Gray, has written and published a novel while here at UWP. In 2008, Gray began looking for ways to get her novel, "Magickal Pains: Alex's Story", out into the world.

According to Gray, "I went online looking for publishers and I found PublishAmerica. I submitted the first three chapters and they asked for the finished book to be delivered a month later. I hadn't finished the book yet, so needless to say I spent the next month writing constantly." Gray wrote 10 pages a day, often at Steve's Pizza, and finished the book with the help of friends and family, such as Nicole Eggebeen from the UWP Writing Center. "She was a big help encouraging me to finish," said Gray.

The book is young-adult fiction and tells the story of a young boy who wakes up with powers. "Magick, mischief and mayhem-that is what Alexander Adams finds," reads the description of the book. "A fitting portrayal for this exciting book," said Rachel Johnson, a senior English major.

Gray has always been interested in writing. "I learned so much about myself as a writer and professors like Stormy Stipe, Kathleen Tigerman, Kory Wein, Peter Hadorn and J. Keith Hale taught me so much about writing. I thought it was time to do it for myself," said Gray.

When asked for any tips for future writers, Gray said, "If you aren't given an editor, get one. It will make the book so much greater and it makes things easier on the author. Having the book finished when you submit it is also a great idea."

Gray is working on the next book in the series and is also working on a retelling of the frog prince, an adult fiction novel called "Blood Prince."

For questions about the book or coming books, contact Gray at

Contact: Evelyn Gray, student, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Written by: Rachel Johnson, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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