The country is a great place to live. Ducks float on our pond. Armadillos dig for bugs. The birds sing and the deer stop by for a snack. The snakes I’m not so crazy about, but if they’ll leave me alone, I’ll stay away from them.
My favorite horse is Heavenly Sunrise, a quarter horse we owned years ago. My husband bought her at an auction. We were into race horses at the time, and she had a great pedigree, a half sister that had won some big races. She was a yearling and a beautiful sorrel. Unfortunately, she was injured just a short time after we brought her home. It was a miracle she survived. She raced a few times after that and won a small race, but she never recovered completely from her accident. I loved that horse. She was so brave. She had one beautiful foal. I wish we still had them, but we eventually got out of the horse business. I have some great pictures for my memories though.
I read that when you were young you hated reading and writing. What changed your mind and influenced you to become a writer?
When my sons were born, I decided I wanted them to enjoy reading, so I read to them. And guess what? I fell in love with Dr. Seuss. His stories were so much fun. We read his books so many times my boys could say them by heart. Also, I became a teacher. Yeah, who would have thought it? In my classroom library I had Newbery winners and honor books. My fifth-grade students had to make reports on the ones they read. Watching them dress up like the character, or act out the parts, or just tell the class about the book, and seeing their enthusiasm (most of them) also helped me realize what I’d been missing. So I became a reader. This doesn’t count all the books I read for my classes at the university. This was reading books I wanted to, and I was hooked. I haven’t stopped reading since. I also discovered writing was fun.
Was your road to publication difficult?
Yes, but probably not any more than for many other authors. When I started out, I knew very little about publishing. This was in the late 1990s. I don’t think authors had the support back then, like blogs where other writers freely talk about writing and give advice. If it did exist, I knew nothing about it. So I was pretty much on my own. I signed up for a writing course which helped a lot. Then I wrote my first YA novel and sent it to all the big publishing houses. The manuscript came back, over and over. Well, I’m kind of stubborn, so I was determined not to give up.
In the meantime, several of my articles for children were published in leading children’s magazines like Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., Ladybug, and others, which made me feel a little better. I also discovered small, Indie publishers. My first published book was actually an eBook, before eBooks were popular. That publisher soon went out of business. But I was on my way.
Do you write every day?
Yes, every day except Sunday, unless something unexpected prevents me from writing.
How did you come up with the adoption idea for your latest book,
Life on Hold?
I read an article in the local newspaper about a teen boy and girl who were sweethearts in high school. They had a baby boy, but her parents made her give the baby up for adoption. The boy and girl eventually went their separate ways, married others, and had other children. Those marriages did not last, however. Eighteen years later, they found each other again, and a chance conversation with someone (I forget who now) mentioned a boy of eighteen who had recently discovered he was adopted. They had decided to find their child, if possible, and he turned out to be their son. I just love happy endings.
Author: Beverly Stowe McClure
Cover Artist: Aidana WillowRaven
Publisher: 4 RV Publishing LLC
Published: Feb.21, 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 guest house tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra finally stands up for herself and begins a journey she may regret.
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