Interview with Beverly Stowe McClure

Interview with Beverly Stowe McClure @beverlymcclure @MCBookTours

Tell us about your latest book.
Interview with Beverly Stowe McClure @beverlymcclure @MCBookTours
PRINCESS BREEZE, the sequel to JUST BREEZE, is a contemporary novel for tween/teen readers. It’s the story of soon-to-be fourteen-year-old Breeze Brannigan and the adventures she, her parents, and best friends have during the summer. It’s a fun story with a touch of danger. Here’s the back cover blurb:

“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 invitation?

“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 only one winner.”

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones?
Yes, I read most of my book reviews. I’m interested in what people think about my stories. That way, I know where I need to improve. I’m disappointed in the bad ones, of course. But I also know that everyone has his/her likes and for some readers that particular book might not be their favorite subject to read. They have a right to their opinion, as long as they explain their reasoning.
Good reviews make me smile. I must be doing something right if a person writes a nice review.

What formats is the book available in?
It’s available in paperback and hardback.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
I have two blogs and other social media:

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
My favorite is Cam, the young prince. Even though he’s royalty on a small, tropical island, he doesn’t think he’s better than others. He’s courteous and polite, but isn’t above a joke or two.

Who designed the cover.
The fabulous Aidana WillowRaven designed the cover. She has a talent for catching the essence of a character in her artwork. You can learn more about her at her site.

Interview with Beverly Stowe McClure @beverlymcclure @MCBookTours
Where can a reader purchase your book?

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I’d tell her not to wait to start writing. You only have one life, so take advantage of the time you have. And be honest with your readers. You’re writing for them. Give them stories they will enjoy. And don’t let other people’s comments or bad reviews worry you. Write from your heart, and readers will know that. Also, never say “I can’t.” Instead, say, “I can.”

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
My students inspired me. I was a teacher for twenty-two years, and watching my students read great children’s books and tell the class about them in their reports was such fun. They really had a good time, which got me to thinking, and that’s scary. I had written nothing except a poem in the eighth grade that my teacher sent to a competition, or something, and it was published in a book of poetry by high school students. What would it be like to write a book that kids enjoyed reading. You never know unless you try, so I tried. I’m glad I did. Today, I have fifteen books published, and I give those former students credit for making me take the chance.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy playing the piano, taking long walks with my Tiger cat, and playing with my Patches cat. I also read a lot and review books for others. Studying the lesson every week for the Sunday School class I teach also keeps me busy. 


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