Beverly Stowe McClure is a former teacher enjoying a second career as a writer. her articles have appeared in Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Ladybug, Focus on the Family Clubhouse, Jr., and others. Nine of her stories have been published as books, the latest one a MG/Tween eBook: A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat. She also has two stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. She enjoys genealogy research, playing the piano, and photographing wildlife.
Welcome, Beverly. We are excited to have you here. Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
Thank you. I’m delighted to be here. I’m a former teacher turned writer. When I was a kid, writing was the last thing on my mind. I loved music and played clarinet in the junior high and high school bands. I also was a majorette. I still play the piano to relax. My cats don’t appreciate good music and run and hide when I tickle the ivories.
I live in the country with Patches and Tiger (the cats), along with a variety of wild critters that stop by for a handout. Next to my sons, grandchildren, and great-grands, writing is my passion and joy. I also enjoy researching my family roots and snapping pictures of clouds, flowers, and birds, especially the roadrunner that visits on occasion and the hummingbirds that I feed.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing around 1990, mostly non-fiction magazine articles for children, many of them art and science activities that my students did in the classroom. Around 2000, I switched to fiction novels.
Are you a morning or an evening writer?
Definitely a morning writer. By afternoon, my brain takes a holiday and refuses to think.
Tell us about your latest book. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat is about three thirteen-year-olds that decide to help three ghosts find rest so they don’t have to wander forever between this world and the next. Along the way, the kids survive a hurricane, a ninety-plus-year-old lady who may not be what she seems, and a seasick pirate, among other dangers.
I was inspired to write this novel while visiting my son and daughter-in-law in South Carolina. One morning, we went to Folly Beach to watch the sun rise over the water. The Morris Island Lighthouse stands across the Inlet. Boy, did images appear to me that morning. A lighthouse must have a ghost, right? Who was he? Why was he a ghost? And who did that ghost ship with the pirate flag that I saw cruising in the water belong to? A pirate, of couse. Which one? With the pirate character and a blockade runner (the young man in the lighthouse informed me who he was later) living in the light house, my story A Pirate, a Blockade Runner and a Cat was born.
Have you always written in this genre?
This is my second paranormal story, and I love the genre. I also write other types of stories, such as historical fiction and contemporary coming of age.
What do you like about this genre?
Paranormal characters are fun to write. As long as I stick with certain possibilities and don’t write something totally ridiculous ghosts might do, then I can make them good, bad, visible to the eye and touch, or however I want to create them.
Do you have an agent or are you seeking representation?
I don’t have an agent. Once, I thought I wanted one, and even though some of the agents I queried gave helpful comments about my work, none offered to represent me, so I’m doing it all myself.
If you could be any character in your book, who would you be and why?
I’d be Starry Knight. She’s smart and sassy, yet she’s sad because her mother left. She’s brave and makes the best of the situation. She also is sympathetic to Erik’s problem.
Do you currently have a favorite author?
There are so many authors I enjoy reading, but if I had to choose a favorite, Margaret Mitchell would be the one. Although she only published Gone with the Wind in her lifetime, it’s one of my favorite books, I suppose because I love the era of the setting.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
MuseItUp Publishing: http://bit.ly/13kSy3h
What is up next for you?
My tween contemporary novel, Star of the Team is due out in the near future, from 4 RV Publishing. It’s the story of a girl that wants to be the star of her baseball team, but her dreams are in jeopardy when she loses a tooth at one of the games and her mother says she can’t play until the replanted tooth heals.