Interview with Author Yevgeny Gil – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Yevgeny Gil

Author Yevgeny Gil is a Russian immigrant, born in Chernogorsk, Russia. His family migrated to the United States in 1989, just 10 months after his birth.  They moved around a bit and finally settled in the Tacoma/Seattle area in Washington state.

Growing up, he had made many mistakes. Breaking the law and struggling with addiction to substances.  He writes about all of this in his latest book Out of Egypt I Called My Son.  He is a believer in the Christian faith and in those darkest moments of his life is when he came to actually BELIEVE in his God and in His saving power.  He has been a “Christian” all his life, being in the church. But he never knew what it is to actually know Christ and to actually witness the power in His name until going through the life experiences and trauma that he had gone through.

He got married to his beautiful wife Olga at the age of 19, and they are still married today.  They live in their home in Spanaway, WA with their two children, Vanessa and Abigail.  They are enjoying life one day at a time and the journey is ongoing.

Tell me more about your latest book

My latest title is called Out of Egypt I Called My Son. It is a portion of the Mathew 2:15 verse from the bible. This title is a raw testimony of my life growing up from my teen years and also of the struggles that we experienced as a young family. Going through the battle of addiction, three prison terms, near death experiences and making it out of those circumstances as a whole is nothing short of a miracle given from the God of the universe.

This book is a testimony, love story, also an eye opening and soul searching read.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

The most challenging part for me… well let’s see. I am not an educated man. As a matter of fact I obtained my GED in prison. But I suppose that wasn’t the most challenging part. The greatest challenge for me was that I was working on this book while running a business and living life with my family. I wrote most of this book behind bars, so it was all hand-written on lined paper. I wrote it during my second incarceration and finished editing it on my third. Then typing it all out once i was released.

The challenge for me was that it took me so long to actually finish this work. A total of 6 years from start to finish. Of course there were breaks in between in which I wasn’t working on this project, but I felt a sense of purpose in doing it. I felt as if it was a task given to me by God Himself, to help people that are living in the same cycle that I was living in. To give a message of hope, a way out. A message to young families that have been living in what may seem to be a cursed life. There is a Way, and it is found in the name of Jesus Christ.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

I don’t really have a normal procedure. This is my first and possibly my last book that I will ever write. This is something that has been on my heart for years, and I am glad to finally see it finished. I chose to be an indie-writer because I simply didn’t want to go through the rigorous process of the traditional publishing house. I wanted to finish! I am glad to finally see people buying and enjoying this book. I am glad to finally deliver the message that is in this testimony. 

What motivated you to become an author?

To be honest, I’m not even 100% sure what the driving force was. I never thought that I would have a book out there with my name on it as the author. I suppose the drive could have been the need to finish something that I had started. As I mentioned before, I felt as if I had a purpose in publishing this work. A sense of service to those who are suffering from the same circumstances and predicaments in life. That, I believe, was my greatest motivation in becoming an author.

How many books have you written so far? List and name them all here

Out of Egypt I Called My Son

Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotion strongly?

I believe so. I believe that someone needs to believe in what they are writing for it to be effective. If there is no belief, there is no power. If there is no power, there is no reach. I don’t think strong emotion is a great factor, it is the ability to transfer or channel those emotions through words. 

How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?

I can imagine it being very difficult. Most books don’t ever break 250 sales, and there is a plethora of book titles out there in every genre. I am not a full time author, and my intention was never to make a career out of writing so I cannot speak on behalf of the people that are. But I would say that it is not an easy journey for a writer in today’s age. 

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Keep doing what you believe in. Don’t give in to the statistics. Push through and persevere. 

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