Interview With A Cruise to Remember Author Beverley Bateman @kelownawriter

A Cruise to Remember

I welcome Beverley Bateman to my blog today. Beverley lives in the Okanagan Valley in BC Canada her husband and two Shiba Inu dogs. The area is set amongst lakes, beaches, mountains and orchards. And the area produces world class wines which she feels is her obligation to sip while she’s writing.

What genre(s) do you write in?
I write mostly romantic suspense. One has a paranormal element. I’ve co-authored a horror romance and I’ve written a medical thriller. Why? I love romance and HEA endings. I think books with romance or romantic elements lend to more fully developed characters. I also love murder, suspense and dead bodies. All the genres I’ve written in have these elements.

What is your favorite part of writing? The writing. I love coming up with an idea, finding my characters, getting to know them and plotting. I love plotting.

What is your least favorite part of writing? Editing. I want to make my story the best possible for the reader. I have a critique partner and a proof reader, but I still have to edit and it’s not exciting or creative like writing that first draft.

How much time do you spend promoting your books?
Not nearly enough. Like many authors, I want to write not promote and sell, but that’s an important part of writing these days. I have a website which I update monthly. I blog 2 – 3 times a week. I belong to a lot of loops. I tweet. I’m on Facebook and I do guest blogs. I should do more but there are only so many hours in a day.

Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it? I think I actually covered some of my experiences with social media in the previous question. I’m not that techie so using the social media is a challenge for me. I have a Facebook page, but only check it periodically. I tweet and try to follow other people’s tweets. I set up a blog site several years ago and only started to post regularly about a year ago and I’m on Triberr. I also do a group blog which I enjoy. The favorite part is hearing from other writers about their books and how they are doing. The least favorite is finding the time to keep up with it.

What is your latest book, in the works or just published?
My latest just published is A Cruise to Remember.

What else have you written already?
I have my Hawkins’ family series. It’s a romantic suspense about four brothers set in Montana. Dark Moon, which is a horror suspense, set in New Orleans, which I co-authored. I have my Holly Devine series, A Cruise to Remember and A Murder to Forget. By Design is a medical thriller on cloning, which I’m editing right now. And I have my chatroom murder, Don’t Go, which will be released

Have you had other careers before becoming a writer?

I’ve had a few, not necessarily before writing, but with my writing. My background is nursing I’ve worked in hospitals, as a public health nurse and as an administrator of a Community Care Facilities Licensing Program. Then there was/is wife and mother.

Were you “born to write” or did you discover your passion for writing later in life?
Like so many authors, I’ve been writing most of my life, so I guess I was “born to write”. I can’t remember when I wasn’t making up stories, even in my head. I used to make up stories with my dolls. Then I’d write short stories and ghost stories. I wrote locked room mysteries when they were popular. I have books filled with ideas and plots. It’s kind of an addiction.

Do you have or belong to a writing organization?
Yes. Which one? I belong to RWA (Romance Writers of America). I also belong to the sub-chapters, Kiss of Death and Scriptscene.

What do you read?
I mostly read romantic suspense, but I also read some literature fiction, straight romance and the occasional thriller. Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing? Honestly, when I’m writing really

What’s your favorite comfort food?
It’s got to be chocolate. Any excuse, including stress, that’s my go to snack. Least favorite food? That’s easy – brussel sprouts. People keep telling me about all these wonderful recipes and how god they are – but I’m sorry, they taste terrible.

For more information about Beverley, visit her website and follow her on Facebook and her blog.

A Cruise to Remember:
Amnesia, a cruise ship, a jewel theft ring and attempted murder combine to make it a cruise to remember. Hallie Donald has been in an accident and has amnesia. She’s traveling on the cruise as a companion. And someone is trying to kill her. She doesn’t remember anything but someone Interpol agent Eric Norby searches for jewel thieves on a Caribbean cruise, but his main suspect is the woman he loves.

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  1. What a beautiful cover! I’m so glad to learn more about you Beverly! I’ve always known what a kind and caring person you are…but now I know more about the writing side!

  2. Great interview Beverley, and I agree the Okanagan is beautiful. I envy you your plotting technique, every time I try, I get frustrated, lol

    • Beverley Bateman says

      Hey Jacquie, Everyone has to find the best way to plot that works for them. It’s not one size fits all. Good luck finding something that works for you.

  3. Fun interview, Beverley. Your favorite food explained why you’re always soooo involved in the KOD Death by Chocolate. 🙂

    • Beverley Bateman says

      Sandra, you’re so funny. That made me LOL.
      And that Death by Chocolate party has sooo much great chocolate.

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