Evans, Wanda Webb 1990-03-22

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Wanda Webb Evans discusses her career as a Lubbock author and journalist.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Wanda Webb Evans

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Date: March 22, 1990

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jennifer Spurrier

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Born during the Depression, Family always bought books, Age 13 wrote first mystery story, Education, Attended Texas Tech, Studied to enhance writing, Role model--Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Attended University of Oklahoma, Writing career, Wrote nonfiction but enjoyed fiction as well, Known as disaster writer and writer of personal profiles, Enjoyed researching historical novels, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Became a columnist, Eventually assigned as editorial writer, Job responsibilities, Tends to focus on laws and cases pertaining to child abuse, Readers present ideas for stories

Tape 1, Side 2: Congressman George Mahon, Evans influenced to write biography, Approached Mahon with idea, Initial reaction of Mahon, Agreed to cooperate with Evans, Evans experienced difficulty organizing material for book, Mahon difficult to interview, Mahon pleased with outcome, Family, Effect on her writing, Divorce prompted Evans to write full-time, Writing career (again), Goals of writing, Future plans

Range Dates: c. 1930s-1990

Bulk Dates: 1960-1990

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