Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Beverly Killaire Deelstra.
I am 60 years of age.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from Windsor Ontario, Canada but now reside in Comber Ontario.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My dream was to be on stage in New York. Spend my life in dance class. Along side of this I dabble in writing from the time I was 8 years old.
When I was 18 I had finished classes in script writing, comedy and TV sitcoms. I was ranked the highest of the class in all three. This kind of changed me to write a lot more. I entered a writing contest across Canada. Which I won. There were 10 of us and we received a 3 day lecture with big shots from the TV industry.
In the University I studied creative writing along with phycology. During this time I continued to dance and teach. Being a starving artist as they call it I did jobs like working in an animal shelter for 12 years then I went on to look for security for my older years which landed me a job at the minivan plant for Chrysler. I am been retired now for 2 years and loving it.
During that time I published 7 books. 2 children’s, 1 Dog treat cookbook, 1 How to book and 2 suspense thrillers. I write under two pen names. Beverly K.D and B.M.Killaire. I married 5 years ago and live with my husband and 2 small dogs. My time is covered with writing and painting which I have done for many, many years. My paintings have gotten praise through Canada and U.S.A.
Thank god I can sit for both since my spine and my lungs are in bad shape. Author Beverly K.D. Artist Beverly Killaire.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is all my books are now on audio. I love audio. I have been listening to books on Audibles for years.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing because I had so many stories to tell. I figured other people would enjoy reading them. I have an overactive imagination which helped. The only problem was that I was very shy and kept them to myself. Writing helped me release the shyness.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That would be when I sold my first book. Seeing the cover of my book did bring great joy. The feeling was amazing but the first sale made everything real.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My love for horror movies. I wanted to see more of a storyline and not just blood and guts.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
That was easy. There was a sign on my back shed that read Private. Keep Out. Do people listen to these signs. Heck no. They will think twice after reading my book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t have a particular genre. I can write about anything and I think that is because of my teacher in the University. He challenged me a lot.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of the characters in my suspense thrillers are based on people I know. My children’s books are based on my shyness as a child.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I do lots of research and jot down notes everywhere. Thank god for Google. Before Google I would research by going to the people I needed in the book. Eg: Police Officers.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
For the book Private. Keep Out. Amygdala Design
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My children’s book have a message about bullying and adoption, or simply just being different. The adventures of Betty and Bo-Bob tell about how to overcome these.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Erica Spindler She keeps my interest from beginning to end. I have read a lot of the New York Times Best Sellers and have been bored out of my mind. Erica is a good storyteller.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Would love that but with 1000 new books being put on the market monthly it quite hard to get noticed among the crumbs.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest book is Private. Keep Out. Book two. Blood stains. I think I would make book one and two into three books instead of two.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that I am good at doing a lot of twist and turns within a story.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Emily Blunt. She looks like the character and I love her acting.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t stay with one genre. Try others, you may be surprised at how good you are.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I would love to tell them thank you for staying with me on this journey.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes I remember. It was Black Beauty.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My dogs make me laugh. The loss of my sister makes me cry. Goofy romance movies make me laugh and cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Erica Spindler the author. It would be fantastic to pick her brain.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I do have a hobby. I am a painter of oil and acrylics. I sell my work on RedBubble along with Facebook. I paint under my maiden name Beverly Killaire since I have been painting since I was in my teens. Check out my page on Art works by Beverly.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Blue Blood is my favorite TV show along with Big Bang Theory. I watch every horror movie that comes out before I will watch any others like comedy or adventure.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food is Italian. My favorite colours are earthy tones and my favorite music is pop.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Easy. I would paint.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With family at an oceanside resort swimming in the ocean.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I would like it to read. She wrote and danced her way to heaven.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Art works by Beverly Killaire and Author Beverly K.D. Facebook, twitter and pinterest. Thank you for this interview. I loved the questions.