What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
Thanks so much for inviting me into the Booth!
My story is a bit unusual. For the last twenty years my husband and I have been custom home builders, so my writing background consists mostly of designing architectural plans. I never aspired to be a writer and the last story I’d written was probably about thirty-five years ago. If I remember correctly it was a mystery novel about my cat Fluffy with a very Scooby Doo/Mystery Machine vibe.
My journey as a writer began three years ago after waking up from a nightmare that my husband had died and I was on a boat in Bora Bora scattering his ashes on the lagoon. After weeks of worrying my husband was going to fall off the roof he’d been working on, I realized it was simply a horrible nightmare and he wasn’t going anywhere. However, that tiny fragment of a dream haunted me, building into a story that wouldn’t rest. Eventually, I went to my daughter and told her I had a great idea for a book. After listening to me ramble for an hour she said, “I love it! Go for it, Momma!” I started typing the next day and didn’t stop for a year and half. I wrote No More Wasted Time in eight months and took the following year to clean it up. I became a sponge. I joined my local RWA, attended writers meeting and seminars learning all I could to improve my story and my writing. Two and half years after my dream, I published No More Wasted Time in Jan. 2012. Not only do I love writing now, I find it very empowering. I think it makes me dive deeper into my emotions as scenes and stories come to life on paper.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I try to write daily, but every day is different! It’s difficult to find the perfect balance between family, writing and marketing. Some days I manage to jot down thoughts on notecards and other days I write for hours. I also spend as much, if not more time doing PR as I do writing. I’ve learned as much about marketing and promoting as I have writing. It’s easy to get sucked into Facebook and Twitter, so I recently began setting goals, short and long term.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I love writing contemporary romance with some serious heat elements. I enjoy pushing the envelope without crossing over into Erotica. My love for the ocean, beaches and travel will set the stage for my series. Readers will take an exotic journey to Bora Bora, Greece, Tuscany as well as California and Colorado too.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I believe in the theory, Everything happens for a reason, my writing included. It’s the underlying message in No More Wasted Time. I want readers to laugh out loud, shed a few tears, grab their partner by the wrist when they walk through the door and most importantly kiss passionately. My husband and I share our own great love story and I want readers to breathe in the idea that a soul mate can exist.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
No More Wasted Time is my debut novel and the first book in the Mathews/Clemmins Family series. It’s had over 65,000 downloads and has been ranked in the top 5 on Amazons best-seller list in Travel for six months straight. I’m currently writing Shayla’s Story, the second book in the series. All of your favourite characters weave in and out of the series and readers can expect to travel back to Greece, Tuscany and even Bora Bora.
What are your writing plans for the future?
My goal is to have all four books in the Mathews/Clemmins Family series published by the beginning of 2014. Shayla’s Story will be out early this Spring. Book three is yet untitled, but it is about Tracy Mathews. The forth book is JC Mathews story titled, The Perfect Someday. It is already complete and waiting patiently on my desk to be published.
Where can people find out more about you?
My website is www.beverlypreston.com
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