Most people that don’t write think that writing is a glamorous easy job. This month I am speaking to authors about How they began writing and their journey to where they are now. Today’s guest is Beverley Bateman
Hello Beverley. How are you today? Is the weather beginning to look like spring?
Author Name: Beverley Bateman I’m doing well, thank you It depends. I snowbird so the weather in Arizona is sunny and warm.
Back home it’s still snowing and -28F
Cat: How long have you been writing?
Forever. I told stories as a child and wrote plots and scenes in school. I loved to do those plots where someone dies9Oor is murdered) in a locked room.
Cat: Do you have another job or write full-time?
Beverley: I write full-time.
Cat: Tell us a little about your schedule
Beverley: My schedule is fluid. It depends where I am and what else interferes. We head sough in the winter. I try to write when I first get up because I sometimes have ideas that have come to me over night. And then maybe a couple of hours after dinner. And I spend a few hours on the weekend doing research if needed.
Cat: Do you have a publisher or self-publish?
Beverley: I had a publisher when I first started to publish, but eventually got my rights back and went self-published.
Cat: How did you decide on this publisher and how many rejections did you get before getting accepted?
Beverley: My original publisher I met at an RWA conference. And I can’t count or remember the number of rejections.
Cat: Do you ever just feel like giving up? If so why?
Beverley: Sometimes I think maybe I should quit. The words don’t come. I hit a road block. But then I realize, even if I didn’t publish that book, or any book, I still need to write. I don’t think I could stop completely.
Cat: What book do you have Coming out now?
Beverley: My latest release is The Fourth Victim – Sara’s Story
Title: The Fourth Victim – Sara’s Story
Book one in The Foundation series
Author Beverley Bateman
Publisher Shiba Publishing
Cover designer Kelly Crimi
Genre Romantic Suspense
Sara’s emotionally abusive husband dies unexpectedly. She’s struggling to reclaim the intelligent, independent person she was before she married. She vows never to let a man take over her life again. Now she’s part of a special team, training to help other women and on the track of a serial killer.
Mac is been responsible for training women in special ops techniques, so they are prepared when they are challenged to save other women. When he meets Sara, sparks fly between them. He wants her to quit the training and let him take care of her.
Can Mac step back and trust her in a dangerous situation? Can Sara and Mac resolve their issues, or will they go in opposite directions?
Here is a short excerpt
The office said he’d had a heart attack. Was he alive? Did she want him to be? What if her husband had to stay home for a few weeks to recuperate? Palms sweating, Sara’s breath came in short, shallow bursts at the thought.
The taxi jerked to a stop in front of the hospital emergency entrance.
Sara fumbled through her purse and counted out her meager number of dollar bills. Gordon didn’t allow her to have a credit card and he only allowed her to have a small amount of cash. She didn’t have enough money to pay the taxi.
“I’m so sorry. I left home without any cash. I…I … Would you take a check?” Tears spilled over and trickled down her flushed cheeks.
The driver spun around. A short stubby finger waved at the sign over the rearview mirror. “Look lady, it says right there – No Checks.”
“I know, I know. I’m sorry. My husband had a heart attack and I … I don’t know what to do.” Sara ran her fingers through her hair and scrunched the tight bun at her neck.
The driver shook his head. “Aw, shit. Go ahead, lady. Write the check.”
Sara pulled the single crumpled check Gordon allowed her carry for emergencies out of her purse. When she touched the check a vision of Gordon floated in front of her.
She froze and rapidly blinked her eyes. She only saw the ghosts of dead people. Gordon didn’t believe her and forbid her to ever mention it.
Could he really be dead?
“Gordon?” she whispered.
“Lady, are you writing that check or not?”
“Yes, sorry.” Sara scribbled her signature on the bottom of the check. “Please, fill it in, and give yourself a generous tip. Thank you, thank you so much.” She clutched her worn purse to her chest, slid out of the cab, and scurried through the emergency room doors.
What if he was dead? She didn’t have any money. Gordon did all the finances and never shared anything with her. How would she manage?
Twenty years ago she could have handled it. Could she do it again? But he couldn’t be dead. Gordon would never allow that to happen.
His face flitted in front of her, fixed in an angry glare.
He had to be dead or she wouldn’t be seeing him. He didn’t want to be dead. He didn’t want her to be free. If he thought she could see him he’d be furious.
Sara shuffled toward the reception desk. She glanced over her shoulder, searching for some sign of Gordon, listening for his voice, waiting for him to yell at her. She couldn’t believe he was really dead, even though she had seen him. She clung to the edge of the transition counter, her head down, chewed on her lower lip and waited to be noticed.
Murder, mystery and romance fills award-winning, Canadian author and blogger, Beverley Bateman’s life. She loves to plot, kill and hopefully baffle the reader. Her nursing and public health nursing background helps with some details and administering a community care facility program had her investigating and directing investigations into irregularities and sometimes a death. She even has court experience.
She began writing in her preteens and loved to write locked room mysteries. Reading Nancy Drew helped her figure out plots. Facing breast cancer, she decided she needed to do what she’d always wanted and began to write. She completed her first romantic suspense novel and hasn’t stopped writing since. She recently moved and now lives among ranches and wheat fields in southern Alberta, with her husband and Shiba Inu dog.
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LinkedIn – firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.linkedin.com/in/beverleybateman/
Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Beverley-Bateman/e/B008M01F5E
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Hunted Book One The Hawkins’ Ranch Series
Missing Book Two The Hawkins’ Ranch Series
Targeted Bok Three The Hawkins’ Ranch Series
A Cruise to Remember
A Murder to Forget