It is my honor to welcome Beverly Allen to the blog today.It was a pleasure learning a little about Beverly, especially since it seems we have more in common than just our first names. Thank you so much for joining us today. Thanks to the author/publisher I have one print copy to give away to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment for Beverly by midnight October 11th. And don’t forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you are the winner.
- When did you first decide you wanted to be an author?
Somewhere in my 40s, much later than many of my author friends. I kind of came in the side door. I was writing puppet skits for kids in church, then some fiction, just for fun. It wasn’t until then, when I realized how much I enjoyed both the process and the challenge of writing, that I entertained the idea of trying to write something for publication.
- What is your writing schedule like?
I like to write in the morning, but not the early morning. I usually need the coffee to kick in, and then I’ll write. I like to write in segments of at least 500 words, sometimes 1000, depending on how easy the words are coming. Then I’ll take a mental break before adding another segment (or more, depending on how close deadlines are looming).
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I enjoy reading. I love playing board games. I’m also fond of campy old television and classic movies. I cook, bake, and have tried my hand at any number of crafts.
- What is your favorite children’s book?
Would it be cheating if I’d never read it as a child? I fell in love with Doctor Seuss when my daughter was little. I think my favorite was one of the more obscure titles, Mr Brown Can Moo, Can You? Something about that book I just loved to read aloud. As a child I loved a lot of different books. I fondly remember Flat Stanley, Curious George, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
- What is your favorite adult book?
It would be easier to ask me to pick my favorite child, since I only have one. I am a person of faith, so the Bible has been important to me. Lord of the Flies was not a pleasant read, but perhaps it had a big impact on me, and how I see people (and write mysteries). Also loved The Miracle Worker, the story of Anne Sullivan, which was a little more uplifting. Ugh, so many good books.
- If you were not a writer, what would you be?
My college degree is in engineering, but that wasn’t a good pick since it didn’t allow enough creative expression. I needed something that allowed for creativity. Maybe an interior designer or some kind of artist or musician. Or a cake decorator.
- What is your favorite treat?
- If you could have a meal with any author (living or dead) who would it be and what would you eat?
That would be hard, because I get all fan-girl around my favorite authors. I think it would be fun to sit down with Agatha Christie and get some mystery writing tips. Maybe a meal of something decidedly British, like fish and chips. Or tea and crumpets. (Not sure I’ve ever really had a crumpet, but who cares, when you’re eating with Agatha Christie.)
by Beverly Allen
A sweet romance, lots of chuckles and surprises, and a tangled mystery. One I recommend to cozy fans.
Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews
Author Beverly Allen has managed to once again pen a story of the highest caliber. She blends mystery, humor, and charmingly fun characters together to form the perfect bouquet for her readers to enjoy.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
(A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery)
3rd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (October 6, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00SI027LY
In the latest Bridal Bouquet Shop mystery, florist Audrey Bloom creates an arrangement for a one-of-a-kind wedding, but ends up pruning a one-of-a-kind criminal…
As the co-owner of the Rose in Bloom Flower Shop, Audrey knows how to put together unique wedding bouquets, but this one takes the cake. The daughter of a local historian is getting married in a medieval-themed, hand-fasting ceremony, and Audrey is responsible for providing period-accurate blooms.
But making sure she gets her roses right turns out to be the least of Audrey’s problems. Shortly after the vows are exchanged, the father of the groom suddenly drops dead. When Audrey discovers the man’s death stems from monkshood poisoning, it’s a clear-cut case of murder. Now, faced with a suspect list that rivals the guest list, Audrey needs to root out the toxic killer…
About The Author –
Beverly Allen writes cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance. When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, crafts, home-improvement projects, and spending time with her family and four naughty, but adorable cats. She grew up and still lives, in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY.
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