Beverly, we first met via cyberspace almost ten years ago and I’m delighted to say that we have stay connected through our writing and publishing journeys. With you residing in Texas and me in New York we have yet to meet in person, but through technology the connection is authentic.
Yes, Donna, with the Internet we can have friends around the world. I’m so glad we met. You are an inspiration.
Awww Beverly, you make me blush and my heart soars with your compliment. Now to catch up, I’m curious as I am sure our visitors are:
Donna: Your publishing career covers several genres. How many books do you have published? Please share the titles, genre, publisher and synopsis of each.
Beverly: I’m delighted to share my stories with you. I have twelve books published, another one due out in March, and two that recently have been taken out of circulation. Okay, titles. We’ll start with the latest.
GABE’S GUARDIAN ANGEL – YA- Freedom Fox Press, imprint of Dancing Lemur Press, March 17, 2020
Gabe never asked for an angel...Gabe Montana's clumsy. He's overweight, and he's dyslexic. Worse yet, the bullies make his fifteen-year-old life even more miserable--so miserable he wants to die. Charley, his guardian angel, says no to that idea, and comes up with a different plan. He'll give Gabe self-confidence so he can solve his problems, not run away from them. But Gabe wonders why the angel doesn't just help with the bullies. What's with this self-confidence stuff? Can Charley help Gabe stand on his own two feet? Will Gabe give up hope life can improve for him? Or will he finally listen to the angel's advice?
UNDER A PURPLE MOON – YA – Freedom Fox Press – imprint of Dancing Lemur Press - March 2016
No Love in the Garden of Eden... Eden Rose has learned to deal with her mother's criticism that she can do nothing right. What she can't deal with are the arguments between her parents. To escape their angry words, she finds refuge in an old abandoned house. She always returns home, hoping her mother will love her one day, even though Eden's not sure what the word love means. Three other teens with problems also hang out at the Old House. Meeting Murphy, Toby, and Josh changes Eden's world, and she begins to have faith in herself. Perhaps she can do something right, after all. Thanks to the boys, she begins to understand the meaning of love. But will it be enough to save her broken home life?
PRINCESS BREEZE – YA – 4RV Publishing – June 2017
For months, Breeze Brannigan has heard nothing from Cam, the prince she met at school and who disappeared one night without telling her goodbye.
The night she graduates from middle school, however, he contacts her and invites her to visit Isla del Fuego, his home. Who could refuse such an
Breeze, along with her whole family and best friends, Amy and Allison, sail to the island where she and Cam renew their friendship. But danger lurks; a legend comes to life; and Breeze finds herself in the middle of a battle that can have one winner.
A Family for Leona – 4RV Publishing - tween and teens – May 2016
Ten-year-old Leona Chapter doesn't understand why her papa left his six children at the Brooklyn Home for Homeless Children after their mother's death in 1921. Each day she prays he'll return and take his children home. God, however, isn't listening. Her brothers and sisters are either adopted or run away, leaving only Leona and Baby Mildred in the orphanage. Leona promises she and Mildred will be together for always. A promise she cannot keep, for Leona, along with her friend Noah, who she defends from the bullies Hiram and Jehu, and several other orphans, are soon on a train headed to Texas, while her sister stays at the orphanage. Leona vows she'll go back to Brooklyn, the first chance she gets. An Orphan Tran tale of the early 1900s
Secrets I Have Kept – Wings e Press – YA – August 2016 (reprint)
In the small garden tucked in a secluded spot between the hospital and street, Casey found his leather jacket, lying on the ground under the redwood bench. When he stooped to pick it up, he saw the wilted bluebonnet. “She was here, and I don’t think she left willingly.”
Star of the Team – 4RV Publishing - tweens and teens – Sept. 2014
A girl. A dream. An accident. A dream shattered. Eleven-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate's tooth is knocked out at one of the games, and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can't play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate's dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she's the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star. Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate's plans?
A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat – Muse it up Publishing - tweens and teens – Sept. 2016
Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block. Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest. A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she’ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity.
I Live in a Doghouse – Muse It Up Publishing – tweens and teens - Oct. 2016
Eleven-year-old Nick Cassidy's stepsister delights in calling him gross names. His half-sister loves for Nick to push her in the stroller, to his embarrassment. What if the guys from school see him? All Nick wants is his father to come back and take him away from this crazy family. Is it any wonder he sometimes lives in the doghouse? I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE is the story of a boy's struggles to accept his new family while he longs for the old. When his father finally returns, will Nick's dreams come true? Or will he discover that memories sometimes are faulty, and it’s best to forget the past and treasure the present?
Life on Hold – 4RV Publishing – YA – Feb. 2012
A paper found. A secret revealed. A girl's life changed forever. Myra Gibson's life is a lie. For sixteen years her parents have kept their secret, but the adoption paper she discovers while cleaning the summerhouse tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra finally stands up for herself and begins a journey she may regret.
Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines – tweens and YA – Paladin Timeless, Imprint of Twilight Times – June 2010
Caves, Cannons and Crinolines is the story of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford and her family's daily struggle to survive a changing way of life during the American Civil War. This is a story of fear, courage, and understanding that people, no matter where they live, have the same needs: love, peace and security. Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure is a finalist in the Novella category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and a finalist in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award in the category of Young Adult.
Just Breeze – 4RV Publishing – tween/teen – August 2009
Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She's still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. Then she meets Cam, the new boy in school who speaks with an accent and must be from another planet, for none of the earthling boys she knows are so polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother and that Breeze must help him keep.
Frankie’s New Home – Guardian Angel Publishing – ages 4-8– June 2011
Frankie Armadillo has too many brothers. His burrow is too crowded, so he sets off in search of the perfect home, just for him. But every place he likes is already occupied, sometimes by fierce looking creatures. Will Frankie find the perfect home?
Weird Noises in the Night – Guardian Angel Publishing – ages 6 to 8– 2015
When three girl’s spending the night together, hear a weird noise, their imaginations go wild. What is that sound? They finally get enough courage to search for the answer. What do they find?
Tumbleweed Christmas – 4RV Publishing – ages 6-8 – Aug. 2011
Christmas is the time for miracles, but sometimes, a child must make her own miracle, and one for her siblings.
And these are my works, so far.
Donna: All of your characters are unique. How do you keep each storyline and character different from one another?
Beverly: I write information about each character in a spiral notebook and what his/her goal is in the story. Each character has a role to play. And I jot down his/her good points, along with the bad. They sometimes surprise me and I have to make changes, but that can be good.
Donna: What is your process in creating your characters? Do you create a profile outline or other technique?
Beverly: Most of the time a character introduces his or her self to me. Perhaps from something I’ve read or heard about. Or when I’m playing with the idea of a new story. Then, I’ll do a profile, their background, their likes and dislikes, and other information about each character. But I like to let the characters tell me about themselves. Then I go from there. Sometimes, I have to add a character that pops up in the story unexpectedly, which is fun. I love it because the surprise kid may help me when I’m stumped about something.
Donna: What is your process in creating your storylines? Do you create an outline, free write or other technique?
Beverly: I usually just start writing what’s in my head. I might know where the climax is, or not. Lately, I’ve been writing in long hand on paper instead of typing. It’s helping me to slow down and think about the story better.
Donna: Your latest book, Gabe’s Guardian Angel is due to be published by Freedom Fox Press - Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. March 2020. I’ve had the honor of reading and reviewing an Advanced Readers Copy from your publisher and the topic of bullying is handled beautifully. Unfortunately, the topic of bullying is epidemic. What inspired you to tackle this topic from a spiritual angle? Please see my review on my January 17th blog post
Beverly: A recent event in my town got me to thinking. A middle school boy had killed himself with a rifle. It seems some boys at school had told him to “go kill yourself.” So, he did. I don’t know about his homelife. From a spiritual angle, I wonder why life was so bad for the boy for him to do such a sad thing. Where was his family? Did they not know what was happening? Prayer for the boy and also his tormentors would have helped, perhaps. Maybe not. But the tormenters needed guidance, as well as the victim, and apparently no one got help. I’m hoping Gabe’s story will help others see that there is help and each life is precious.
Donna: Please share with our readers your current work-in-progress, your marketing strategy and how to reach you.
Beverly: At the moment, I have three different ideas for stories and am trying to decide which one to write next. I have character sketches of each. My marketing strategy needs improvement, but for Gabe I have a Blog Talk Radio interview with Barbara Ehrentreu. I also love to get reviews and interviews (like yours, Donna) and book tours. Working on that and whatever else comes to mind.
You can reach me at Beverlysmcclure@aol.com. My blog is https://beverlytowemcclure.blogspot.com. I’m working on my WordPress site for my Website.
Beverly, it’s been an honor to interview and profile you at Write What Inspires You! Wishing you all the very best personally and professionally.
The honor has been mine. Thank you for your interview, Donna. It’s been fun.
Beverly is looking forward to engagement with visitors, so please do not hesitate to ask your questions.
Thank you for your time and interest!
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!
Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older
Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist