Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Guest Author Series ~ Interview with Beverly Ovalle

Paranormal Romance and Beyond is pleased to welcome new author, Beverly Ovalle. Her debut project, Dragons' Mate released on March 3. Join me in learning more about Beverly and Dragons' Mate. Welcome Beverly! 

The Interview

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Illinois, lived in California for 12 years and then moved to Wisconsin.  I joined the Navy after high school graduation.  I went on two Westpac’s while stationed on the USS Prairie AD-15.  After my 5 year enlistment was up I landed in the Post Office.  I started out as a street walker and graduated to pimp!  LOL!  I delivered mail for 10 years and worked my way up to my current position as Postmaster. 
Along the way I gathered a husband and two children.  I’ve since let one child go.  He’s now a Marine.  When he came back safe and sound from Afghanistan I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  Now I’m working at pushing the other one out the door!  (They are both adults!)  My husband is stuck with me.  I declared long ago that the only thing that would separate us would be death.  NOT MINE.  We are planning on resaying our vows on our 25th wedding anniversary at the chapel we were originally married in.  Now I can be married by Elvis *happy sigh*!

What made you want to be an author? 

I’ve always loved to write.  I belonged to the creative writing club in high school.  I’ve written on and off since then, though I spent most of the time since high school living large.  It was always a dream to publish a book.  As they told me at work, that’s one thing off my bucket list!

What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least?

Best of being a writer is sharing my stories.  I’ve a dedicated group at work that I share and bounce my stories off of.  I’m finally putting my glib Irish tongue to good use!
What I like to do the least is promote my stories!  It takes so much time away from writing and living.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?

OMG! Pantser all the way!  I have an idea of how they will end.  Happily Ever After.  Getting there is another story.

What influences your writing? And why?

I have a vivid imagination.  I swear it’s bred into my bones!  Life is my main influence.  How I would like it to be and things I or my friends have done.  And then I embroider it.  I try to live my life as happy as I can.  I have had a multitude of experiences, and if I haven’t done it one of my friends or family have.

Name one thing readers don’t know about you.

I have a wonderful lime green Ford Hybrid that I love and it matches my lime green scooter!

Are love scenes easy/difficult for you to write?

Maybe I should be embarrassed but they flow right off of my pen!  I’m a bit too crude for my editor I think.  He cleaned up my down and dirty descriptions a bit.  I laughed because one certain word I will not say is no longer anywhere in my book.  I’m sure I’ll continue to write it and he’ll clean it up!

Do you have another career besides writing? What is it?

I’m a full time, by that I mean 40-50 hours a week, Postmaster.

What hobbies do you enjoy when not writing?

I love to read, garden, sew and cook.  Dance and sing but my family doesn’t enjoy it when I do!

If you could be any supernatural creature, what would it be and why?

Dragon dragon dragon!  I love dragons!

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?

Don’t give up!

Do you have any future projects that we can look for?

I am currently working on a second title with the characters from Dragons’ Mate, another romance with a newly introduced character in the mix, giving the continuing story of the main characters and a family members romance.
I am also (pantser remember?) working on six more.  Two of them will definitely (read-hopefully!) be submitted for publishing.  One is China Fleet Club, a contemporary military romance (a lot of personal experiences and embroidery!).  The other is St. Nicholas, a Christmas story inspired by my son’s tattoo.  But he flat refuses to have anything to do with what he calls my book porn!  I’m trying to get him to pose for the cover in his dress blues, showing his tattoo.  The answer-NO!  lol! I might have to photoshop!
I am also co-authoring an untitled story that Tamara and I are calling Windy City Dragons, though we want that to be the series name because we are bursting with stories involving the characters we have in it.  It is about dragon shifters that are also Chicago Fire Fighters.  We are *snicker* on fire with that one!

Tell us more about Dragons’ Mate.

It is a shifter ménage romance.  Dragon shifters!  Surprised?  Some of my favorite books are ménages and this just seemed to come to me.  I was up late one night, having been watching the SyFy channel.  Super Croc I think.  Perhaps that had something to do with it.  The whole thing just flowed off of my fingers and it just sat there.  It never would have seen the light of day without Tamara badgering me to enter it in a publishing contest at Boroughs Publishing Group (shameless plug!)

Do you have an excerpt for us? 

Coming right up!

“Knock it off, boys!”

They slowly stared her down, gold and green eyes unblinking. Grrr, dragons. Sometimes she could tell they thought they were boss.

Tine suddenly leapt up and licked her from head to toe. Ew. Brand followed suit and licked her too, evidently not to be outdone. Ugh. Now she was wet and sticky all over. Glaring at them, she stripped and dove into the pond. The sensation was decadent, the movement of the warm water caressing her hypersensitive body. Then the water swirled behind her and she recognized the dragons had followed her in.

“Get out!” she cried, surfacing. She did not want to share. The boys were the reason she needed to rinse off in the first place.

Of course they didn’t listen; they loved to play like this. Brand came up beneath her,
positioning himself so that Annie was straddling his snout, and he lifted her up out of the water atop his head. After the dream she’d had, her flesh was tingling and reactive, and she had a flash of panic. That supple dragonskin kindled heat better left unexplored, and she was just about to dismount when Tine leapt up and nudged her forward, tumbling her off and dumping her headfirst into the water. From the noises, she swore both dragons were laughing. Then she thought she heard, It is time.

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?

On my blog that I share with my partner in crime, Tamara Hoffa who is also a published writer.  But I swear she does the majority of the work.  I have named her superwoman!

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Meet Beverly Ovalle

Beverly Ovalle lives in Wisconsin with her husband Edmond of 23 years. She is the mother of two. Her eldest Nicholas is a United States Marine. Oohrah! Her youngest is her daughter Susannah, who is a CNA. Also living at home is a (we recently found out) pregnant cat 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.
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 around most of the United States as children thanks to their parents and the station wagon from Hell.
As a veteran she and her husband are active in their local AMVETS chapter. Beverly is the current Adjutant or as she likes to call it, Agitator.
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. She is currently under contract with Boroughs Publishing Group her first foray into the world of being a published author.
Contact her on:
Before you go, let’s do a fast five:

Angels or Demons? Demons

Vampires or werewolves? Werewolves

Coffee or Chocolate? Chocolate Coffee!  I refuse to choose!

Early Morning or Late Night? Early morning

E-book or Paperback? E-Book 

Thank you so much for visiting PRaB today, Beverly. Please come back and visit us again!