Interview with Romantic Suspense Author Beverley Bateman @kelownawriter

I welcome romantic suspense author Beverley Bateman to my blog today. Beverley is a Canadian author who loves traveling, good wine and a mystery. She lives among vineyards and orchards set in lake country and surrounded by mountains, beaches, and skiing. She writes sitting on her deck overlooking the lake sipping a glass of Cabernet. Yes – someone has to do it.

How do you decide on setting?
It depends. Don’t Go is set in Reno. I was there on a conference and we met with the Washoe Sherriff’s office. I took a cruise out of Miami and set A Cruise to Remember there. My Hawkins’ family series is in Montana. I’ve driven through the area several times, and decided to write a western theme. I’ve visited New Orleans a few times so I set a couple of books there. And sometimes I pick a setting because it seems to fit the story.

What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I write mostly romantic suspense. I have done a romantic horror, a medical thriller and a straight romance. I read mostly romantic suspense and mysteries. I love the suspense or mystery blended with a romance. I feel the romance helps build the characters and I love villains and their nefarious plots and how the h/h finally outwit them.

How much research was involved in writing your book? How did you go about it?
I did quite a bit of research for Targeted. It’s set on a ranch in Montana and the hero is a member of the Blackfeet tribe. I researched cattle ranches, the Blackfeet tribe, guns and the Seattle police. I did it all online. I took a workshop. I emailed questions to my KOD loop. I found websites on managing a ranch and the Blackfeet nation. Hopefully it will make the book more realistic

Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
The best part is meeting other people. I enjoy learning what other authors are doing and networking with them. My least favorite part is the time involved which is why I don’t do much. About a year and a half ago I started a blog. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Triberr and Pinterest, but I don’t spend much time on any of them. I’m on several writing and industry loops and I try to keep in touch so maybe I spend a little over an hour a day.

What else have you written already?
Targeted is the third book in the Hawkins family series so I’ve written the first two; Hunted and Missing. I have my Holly Devine series and the first two are A Cruise to Remember and A Murder to Forget. Dark Moon is a romantic horror that I co-authored. Don’t Go is my darker romantic suspense on internet pedophiles. And I have one on cloning, By Design, that I’m editing now.

Have you had other careers before becoming a writer?
Yes I was a registered nurse in obstetrics, a public health nurse and an administrator for a Community Care (Adult and Child) Licensing program.

Were you “born to write” or did you discover your passion for writing later in life?
I was born to write. I think I’ve always made up stories. Remember when the locked room mysteries used to be popular – I used to plot and write them when I was in school. I have folders full of partial stories, short stories and plot ideas.

Do you have or belong to a writing organization? Which one?
Yes, I belong to Romance Writers of America (RWA), Kiss of Death (KOD), Romancing the Script and The Electronic Publishing Coalition (EPIC).

What might we be surprised to know about you?
I do watercolor painting.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Least favorite food?
My favorite comfort food, besides chocolate, home-made mac and cheese made with bacon. My least favorite food – that’s easy – brussel sprouts and please don’t tell there’s this great recipe with them. They taste terrible.

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

Blurb for Targeted:
After an attempt on her life in Seattle, Janna Kincaid inherits a ranch in Montana. Eleven years ago she ran away from unhappy memories and the man she had married. Now she needs to return to dispose of the ranch and face the man she never wanted to see again. And some one is targeting her life so they can get her ranch.
Kye Hawkins has loved Janna most of his life. They married briefly and then she abruptly left him. He’s never been able to figure out why and she’s refused to talk to him. Now she’s coming back. He needs to figure out what wrong before and convince her to stay. He also needs to protect her from whoever is trying to kill her and she doesn’t want his protection.
Can Janna and Kye work together to solve a murder, keep Janna safe and resolve their relationship.

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  1. Thank you, Stacy, for hosting me on your blog.

  2. Thanks so much for the interview, Beverley!

  3. Great interview. I love how you decide on your settings, Beverly.

  4. Great interview. I always love learning more about my friends! Congrats on another wonderful book!

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