Monday, July 29, 2013

Meet Me Monday's With Beverly Ovalle

Please welcome my next guest, Beverly Ovalle!! She'll be giving away a book so please check out the rafflecopter link at the end of this post!

1. How has your journey in publishing been? Anything you would or wouldn’t do again? It has been interesting.  I have no patience so it’s hard waiting to see if my work is accepted!  Nothing I wouldn’t do again. 

2. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?  I have a few I am working on, but the one that has been calling me is Lighting Strike.  I saw a picture of a tree that had been hit by lightning and it caught my imagination.  Of course not in a normal way!  I brought in the photographer and a tree nymph!  I can’t seem to help myself but when I write, erotic seems to flow from my fingertips!

3. What/Who inspired you to start writing?  It just seemed natural.  I was one of those kids who didn’t mind doing book reports.  I joined the creative writing club in high school.  We were able to go to a seminar at one of the universities in Chicago and it changed how I viewed the world around me.

4. How long have you been writing?  Seriously just the past year though I’ve been scribbling since high school.

5. What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?  Do it!  Don’t be afraid to try.  It’s really hard to bare you imagination to someone that might reject it, but boy when it’s accepted it’s the greatest thing (other than having kids and a lot less painful!)

6. Are you a pantser or a plotter? Pantser all the way.  Plotting is my downfall, I get bogged down.  I do research, but as I go!  One page open to word and the other to the internet at all times!

7. Who is your favorite author?  Such a hard question!  I honestly have two Christine Feehan and Stephanie Laurens.  They are the only authors whose books I still purchase in hard copy.

8. When did you first consider yourself a writer?  When my book finally came out!

9. What is the hardest part about writing for you?  Finding the time.  I work full time and I can only write when I am home by myself, so that really limits me.  I’ll take a day off here or there if my husband has the weekend off with me just so I can have a day to write.

10. Do you have a favorite character from your books? If so, why and who?  Yes I do.  Drake, he is glimpsed in my first book Dragons’ Mate.  I am working on his story now, it’s just taking me a while because I plotted this one out (pantser remember) and I have to figure out how the next step can happen and seem real.  He’s hot and so Alpha!  Oh, and a dragon!

11. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?  Only one has been published at this point so I’m going with it!  LOL!  Dragons’ Mate.  I have one submitted, two nearing completion, and a joint one with my BFF Tamara Hoffa.

12. Do you do research for your books or does it all come from your head?  Oh no, I research.  I use any and all information I can find and twist it to work for me!  The joint book Tamara and I are working on involves the Chicago Fire.  I headed down to Chicago (my old stomping ground) and hit the museums.  A lot of the names I use are looked up and used for their meanings.

13. What is your favorite colour?  Yellow but everyone thinks it is lime green J.  My car, scooter and kitchen are all lime green.  But yellow is so happy.

14. What is your favorite food?   Shrimp cooked any and every way!

15. What is your favorite smell?  Magnolia blossoms

16. Do you have any strange habits?  I plead the 5th!  Playing with dragons isn’t strange is it?

17. Where are you from? Do you still live there? If not, what do you miss about it?  I am originally from the Chicago area.  I now live in Wisconsin so I can visit when I want to make that three hour drive.  I miss the food!  I do drive down when I am craving a Portillo’s beef or Chicago Dog.  I’ll stop to visit my family too!  My parents’ one brother and his family and my cousins live there still.

18. Ebook or print? And why?  Ebook.  As I age L my allergies have gotten worse and print books (as I usually used the library) have way too many allergens.  Plus I have trouble with hand cramps and paperbacks make it hard to read for long stretches (days you know!)  But I have to say that I’ve never been hurt when I fall asleep with a paperback like I do when my kindle pops me in the face when it falls out of my hand when I fall asleep reading.

19. How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?  I try to let my stories be part of me.  Everything I write has something of my life or my experiences in it in some way.

20. What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?  That I am really glad digital cameras and uTube weren’t around when I was in my late teens and twenties!  I got up to way too much trouble! BTW it is NOT a good idea to skinny dip in Lake Michigan at night on a public beach!

I will giveaway one copy of Dragons’ Mate in either pdf or mobi format. a Rafflecopter giveaway


They had been searching for their mate, but when they find her she is traumatized and scared to be around strange men. They must get her to accept them before they reveal their true natures. Will their love be strong enough to break down her barriers? Could she truly be destined to love two dragons?
Today Annie’s dragons will shift and fulfill her every desire, which means a fiery threesome—and true love.

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Beverly Ovalle lives in Wisconsin with her husband Edmond of 23 years and two Chinese Water Dragons. Having her own Dragons is expected as she is dragon crazy and anyone that walks in her house can tell. Her son Nicholas visits when he is on leave from the Marines.  Her daughter Susannah visits to grocery shop in the pantry and to see what might be cooking for dinner.

Beverly has traveled around the world thanks to five years in the US Navy and has worked for the government in one capacity or another for the past 30 years. Beverly and her brothers have travelled most of the continental United States as children due to the station wagon from Hell.  Still active with veterans, she is adjutant for her local AMVETS.

Beverly has been reading romances since her Aunt introduced her to the gothic romance in the fourth grade and is still reading every chance she gets.

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  1. Thank you for having me Jo-Anna! Just an FYI. (and a push-LOL) Two of the tales I mentioned have been accepted. Touched by the Sandman has been accepted by Boroughs Publishing Group and Lightning Strike was accepted by Secret Cravings!

  2. Great article, Beverly! Nice to get to know you. And what's not to love about sexy dragons. Your story sounds smoldering!