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A Visit with Beverly Stowe McClure

When did you start writing?

Around 1990

What gave you the idea for your first book?

A visit to Charleston, SC, where we took a twilight tour of the historic district and heard wonderful stories of the ghosts that lived in many of the old mansions.

What genre do you write?

Mostly contemporary for young adults and tweens, along with historical fiction.

What do you do to keep yourself focused?

I’m a planner. I make lists each week, aiming for 500 words a day and put most everything else aside until I accomplish my goal. Usually.

Do you stay with one project or do you work on multiple projects?

I work on multiple projects. Currently I have two stories in different stages of progress and two more waiting in a corner of my mind.

What is your writing process?

I usually start with a character, sometimes an idea, have a vague notion of how the story will end and just start writing. I might write a rough outline later on as thoughts occur to me of what I want to happen in the story. So I won’t forget them…

Meet Mickey Hoffman!

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What is your book about?


School of Lies is funny mystery novel about a bunch of teachers who work in a dysfunctional, urban high school. The stressful environment is a perfect catalyst for the murder that takes place. My new book, Deadly Traffic takes a teacher out of her comfort zone into the word of human trafficking when female students disappear from campus.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite? Why?

My MC is a Special Ed. teacher named Kendra Desola. She’s compulsive and overly inquisitive; every problem has to be examined and solved. She is devoted to her students but has learned the hard way that the best way to help them often involves breaking the rules. There’s a tension between her wanting to be a good role model and her willingness to lie when she thinks it’s useful. In Deadly Traffic, Kendra meets a young man, Win Ni (who my brother decided to call Win Ni the Pooh). Win has a good heart but he wants to be rich and is willing to do almost anythi…

Interview with Bethany Halle writing/published as Cassandre Dayne

When did you start writing?

I started when I was about nine and completed sixteen books by the time I was 16. Sadly, I stopped writing for a long time as life intervened.

What gave you the idea for your first book?

Star Wars – no doubt in my mind. At the time I loved all things science fiction.

What genre do you write?

I am currently published under the pseudonym, Cassandre Dayne, writing erotic romance, but I have several vampire books complete and in the final editing stages writing under Bethany Halle; a campy murder mystery series set in community associations as Dakotah Black; and I have several children’s books completed as Victoria Chenault.

What do you do to keep yourself focused?

I really don’t have to – it flows to the point I have to keep a notebook with me and I dream of my characters.

Do you stay with one project or do you work on multiple projects?

Always multiples from editing and writing at least two at a time.

What is your writing process?

The only process I have is I have…

Interview with Amanda Thrasher

I'm continuing my friend interviews over the next few weeks. This week, I'm featuring my new friend, Amanda Thrasher. I'm proud to say that Amanda & I have a lot in common and I'm thrilled to hosting here at Writer's Sanctuary. Welcome, Amanda!

When did you start writing?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. What sticks in my head, was recognition for a poem that I wrote when I was nine years old and a creative story when I was ten. That poem was saved for years via my mom; it now is hung above my desk. Writing for me, truly is about the love of words. I love words. I love to watch them leap off of a page and come to life. I love to see a story ‘work.’ As a child, poetry and short creative stories were what I wrote for fun. I loved pencils and paper, journals or pads. Being an author is not what I set out to be.

What gave you the idea for your first book?

My very first book was likely build on childhood memories, though the characters are fictiona…