Multi-published award-winning author Beverly Stowe McClure is a former teacher enjoying a second career as a writer. She is the author of nine books, including her latest, ‘A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat’. You can learn more at her blog.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a former teacher turned writer. When I was a kid, writing was the last thing on my mind. I loved music and played clarinet in the junior high and high school bands. I also was a majorette. I still play the piano to relax. My cats don’t appreciate good music and run and hide when I tickle the ivories.
I live in the country with Patches and Tiger, along with a variety of wild critters that stop by for a handout. My husband of 56 years passed from this life to the next last May, so I’m adjusting to a new life. Next to my sons, grandchildren, and great-grands, writing is my passion and joy.
What made you first decide to become a writer?
When I taught fifth-grade, we read Newbery books, and the students had to do book reports. They weren’t the old, boring kind I remember from my school years, where you stood at the front of the class and told the plot of the story, or else you wrote a paper about the book. My students sometimes portrayed a character in a scene from the book, dressing in costumes of the times. Sometimes, they illustrated the story. In many different ways the students brought the books to life for themselves and for their teacher, me. The students‘ and my own boys‘ enthusiasm for reading was contagious. I soon started wondering if I could write, too. So I tried writing magazine articles about activities we did in the classroom. To my surprise and excitement, many of them were published. Then, bravely, I attempted novels. More success, and I haven’t stopped since.
Can you tell us about your latest book?
You bet. When 13-year-old Erik Burks discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina to live with her sister. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.
Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest.
Of course, the teens have to investigate, and they soon discover more than they expected.
What inspired you to write it?
One morning, while visiting my son and daughter-in-law in South Carolina, we went to Folly Beach to watch the sun rise over the water. The Morris Island Lighthouse stands across the inlet. Boy, did images appear to me that morning. A lighthouse must have a ghost, right? Who was he? Why was he a ghost? And who did that ghost ship with the pirate flag that I imagined cruising in the water belong to? Ah-ha! A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and A Cat, was born.
Perhaps that a broken home, though sad and frightening, is not the end. New beginnings, new friends, and facing the truth will help a person survive.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
If you could meet any writer (living or dead) who would it be?
There are several I’d like to meet. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, is one of them. History is one of my passions, and I think she’d be interesting to talk to.
What is one fact about yourself you wish to share with our readers?
I feed hummingbirds and keep track of the different kinds in our area for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
What is up next for you?
My tween story, Star of the Team, about a girl who wants to be the star of her basketball team, but her dream is threatened when she loses a tooth in a game and may not be able to play the rest of the season, is due out soon.
Is there anything you would like to add?
A big thanks to everyone for your support. I’d love for you to stop by my blog sometimes and say “hi”.Powered by Sidelines