In many ways, Tori Eversmann’s debut novel, The Immortals, reflects her own life. As the wife of retired First Sargent Matt Eversmann, whose story was told in the book and movie Black Hawk Down, Tori lived the unsettling and often lonely life of an army wife. Her husband, young daughter and she were uprooted from Tori’s childhood home in Baltimore to live on an army base in upstate New York. There, she discovered a world so foreign to her own, dictated by the unwritten rules of the military and shadowed by the post 9/11 threat of war. It was also there, however, among a group of unfamiliar women and customs, that Tori learned so much about resilience, friendship, and most importantly, herself.
Her story parallels the story of Calli Coleman, the protagonist in The Immortals. Tori emphasizes, however, that The Immortals is a work of fiction. By deviating from her own story, she was able to tell so much more.