Eva Shockey Book Review
In August 2017, hunter and television personality Eva Shockey released her first book, Taking Aim: Daring to be Different, Happier, and Healthier in the Great Outdoors. Thanks to Women's Outdoor News, I read the book and interviewed Eva herself. It was a great experience, and you can read more about it in the original post over at The WON.
Here are a few highlights from the interview...
- Eva wrote the book to serve as a more permanent snapshot of her life up to this point. Social media posts are here today and gone tomorrow in Eva's experience, so this book will give her something concrete to hand down to the next generation of hunters and sportsmen.
- The entire book was started and finished during her pregnancy with her first child, a daughter named Leni Bow.
- Eva worked with her dad, professional hunter Jim Shockey, to make sure they got the details right. When describing a hunt, they researched which flowers were in bloom in the specific area during that specific hunting season. She wanted to avoid any errors that would distract the reader from the story. I respect that effort! One of my least favorite recent reads was The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, in which the author describes a hunting scene where a tom turkey sniffs the air and smells the hunter. That kind of factual error made me question what else the author had mistakenly written about coal mining or life in Appalachia. It is critical to get those details right!
- The Eva Shockey Signature Series bow came about in collaboration with engineers at Bowtech as a result of what Eva saw as a lack of a premium women's hunting bow. There were plenty of entry level bows for women (all of which had pink) but Eva wanted to create something higher end.
I got to read the book and interview Eva while Ginger Baby was just two weeks old. He was happy as a clam in the arrow covered baby carrier I use. :) I look forward to many more days of working (and reading, and eventually shooting and hunting) by his side!