August 10, 2011

Three Times A Charm With Beverly Stowe McClure

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.

This week children’s author, Beverly Stowe McClure, joins us from the deep in the heat of Texas.

Beverly, thank you for agreeing to be a part of my weekly feature “Three Times a Charm.” 

Thank you, Kai, for inviting me.

Beverly has visited Strands of Thought before, but for those who missed that interview, here is a refresher course.

When Beverly was a child she hated to read. Even though her eighth grade teacher sent her poem “Stars” to the National High School Poetry Association, and it was published in Young America Sings, an anthology of Texas high school poetry, she hated to write. In spite of her rocky relationship with books, she attended Midwestern State University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She taught in elementary school for twenty-two years. Reading Dr. Seuss to her sons and Newbery winners with her students made Beverly realize what she’d been missing all those years: Reading was fun.

Now, she reads most every day. She also writes. She lives in the country with her husband, cat, and other wild critters that come to visit. 

Beverly, you’ve been so busy lately! Tell us about some of the great things going on in your life.

My first picture book, Frankie’s Perfect Home, was published by Guardian Angel Publishing in June. It’s been a different experience from my other work. Seeing the illustrator, Alex Morris, bring my characters to life has been awesome. He did a beautiful job.






My YA historical fiction, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, Twilight Times Books, is a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, which tickles me. It’s fantastic to receive recognition for a story you‘ve spent months and years writing and editing. The book also is nominated for the eBook Global Awards. Waiting to see how it does there. Ardy M. Scott illustrated the lovely cover.



Life on Hold, a young adult contemporary novel, will debut soon. Aidana WillowRaven did the beautiful cover. Can’t wait to see it in print. 4RV Publishing also has my early reader, Tumbleweed Christmas, that is now being illustrated.


Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

·    Top 3 pieces of advice for people just starting in your business.
      1.  Never, never give up. Say “I can do it. I can do it.” Then do it.

      2.  Read everything, fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, teens’ book, adult books. Subscribe to newsletters and blogs to get your name out there.
     
      3.  Join groups such as SCBWI, Verla Kay Boards, JacketFlap, Library Thing, GoodReads, and others for feedback and advice. Writing is a lonely profession and it’s good to keep up with the latest trends and what’s going on in the writing world.


·    Top 3 snacks to munch on while working.
      Root beer float with vanilla ice cream
      Brownies with pecans
      Lightly salted potato chips


·    Top 3 leisure activities.
      Walking and observing the birds, butterflies, flowers, and clouds
      Genealogy and scrap booking
      Playing songs from the 50s on the piano

Where can our readers learn more about you and your work?



Thanks, Beverly, for visiting with us today. Best of luck to you and all your projects. I’m so thrilled for you.

Thank you, Kai, for your cool questions.

21 comments:

  1. Thank you, Kai, for inviting me. I'm late to the party, but had unexpected mail asking for my bio and picture for the forthcoming Tumbleweed Christmas. Seems it's getting closer and closer to publication.

    The writing world is exciting.

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  2. This is such exciting news - I can hardly wait for Life on Hold and Tumbleweed Christmas sounds adorable! I loved reading Frankie's Perfect Home and can't wait to share it with my niece. Keep writing Bev - I'm loving all these new releases!

    Nancy

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  3. Bev, you are one multi-talented author! Congratulations on your multiple new releases. They look terrific! I especially love the title Tumbleweed Christmas. Looking forward to reading them all.

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  4. I'm so excited about Beverly's first PB! My daughter will love it. And now I want a root beer float!

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  5. Thanks, Nancy. You're so kind. I'm having fun, but it gets rather hectic. The good kind of hectic. I hope your niece enjoys meeting Frankie. I'm having a reading at the bookstore in September and wondering how the children will react.

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  6. Aw, Beth. Thanks for the nice words. This has been an exciting year. I must get busy with that promo stuff too.

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  7. Thank you, Kelly. I'm excited too. Picture books are certainly different than teen books. I hope your daughter likes Frankie.

    BTW, what age group is May the Best Dog Win written for? My youngest granddaughter is in 1st grade. Is that about right?

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  8. Beverly, congrats on your latest busy interruption, that IS exciting. Pleasure having you on the blog.

    Nancy, I agree Frankie is adorable!

    Beth, isn't Beverly inspirational? PB's, MG's and YA's! Wowza :D

    Oh my gosh, Kelly, I want a float too!

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  9. Oh, and Kelly, enjoy the root beer float. :)

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  10. Thanks, Catherine. I appreciate you stopping by.

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  11. What a great blog interview, Kai! You are one great blogger! And Beverly... I enjoyed reading about you and even learned a thing or two. Seeing the cover for Life on Hold is exciting!

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  12. Thank you, Linda. Kai does have some great ideas. Now you know all my secrets. :)

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  13. Beverly, congratulations on your new book, Life on Hold. I look forward to reading it.

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  14. Thank you, Wanda. You're the best. I appreciate your support. Have a lovely day.

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  15. I can't imagine not discovering reading until I was an adult. Beverly, be grateful you had kids!

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  16. Yes, L. Diane. I've been blessed. Otherwise I might never have discovered what I was missing. Teaching also was an eye opener because we read many books together as a class. Mostly Newbery books.

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  17. Congrats, Beverly! Love the cover for Frankie! It must've been so much fun to have an illustrator for your work. Good luck with them all.
    And ps - I like your snack choices!

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  18. Thank you, Jessie. Who'd have thought an armadillo could be so cute? Alex did a lovely job. Speaking of snacks. Mmm, time for one. :)

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  19. Congratulations, Kai, on The Weaver being a Finalist in the Global eBook Awards. Best of luck to you.

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  20. Thanks everyone for stopping by and showing Beverly such great support! She deserves it.

    Beverly, thanks for the congrats! Fingers crossed :D

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