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Beverly Scofield, a California native living in Knoxville, Tennessee, loves gardening designing bonsai materials, playing the piano, acrylic painting, sculpting, and more. She lives with a cat named Princess and eight cockatiels--Walter Pigeon-Toe, Miss Punkin Pie, Turtle, Sweet Beau Peep, Honey Penny, Birdie Birdie, Teensy Boy and Sugar Baby. Her older stories still entertain her nephews, and sis


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 That 20-word bio was certainly an exercise in writing. Now to get down to the real stuff.

When did I not tell stories? When my little sisters and I shared a common bed and I was seven or less, I told stories after the lights were out, sometimes carrying one on for several nights. As a teenager, I filled steno notepads with long, drawn out tales, all of which disappeared somewhere along the line.

I read constantly--horse stories at first, then Grace Livingston Hill novels and Zane Grey westerns. I even remember Sunday afternoons, with the whole family sprawled on the folks' bed, passing around "Wild Horse Mesa" and "Riders of the Purple Sage" and Dad exasperated because I wouldn't read the word "damn." But we got through it.

When I left home my real education began. I read science fiction (Azimov's "Foundation" and Blish's "Cities in Flight" and Roger Zelazny's "Lord of Light") and learned there were questions about the nature of the universe and existence rather than certainties handed down to me. I've never stopped reading, studying. My sister introduced me by saying, "This is my sister, Beverly. She wants to know everything." I consider it a compliment of the highest order.

These days I read a lot of science. My latest interest is nanotechnology and all the innovations on the brink. Exciting. Oh, and I'm interested in politics (but can't handle much of what I hear these days) and social issues and environmental issues. But there's just so much a person can pay attention to, and I have lots of creative activities.

Birth Place
Santa Maria, CA USA
Accomplishments

~BA with honors in Psychology-Chapman College1978
~Bonsai Instructor-Wilson Technology College-1985
~Bonsai Instructor-Smithsonian Resident Associate Program one year in the 1990s
~Owned and operated The Gaye Poodle (dog grooming shop) 1961-1974
~Owned and operated The Bonsai Barn (nursery) 1984-1986
~Co-owned and operated Scofield Consulting Services 1986-1995

Additional Information

Recent news is that I'm on the brink and within days of publishing my juvenile adventure novel "The Girl Who Dreamed of Ships." It has been on the shelf since 1985. Now it's in the hands of the publisher, along with the painting I've made for the cover art. More news to come.

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Girl Who Dreamed of Ships, The
This is a tale about a girl's dream and how she makes it come true through her own actions. She is brave, she is undoubtedly bolder than is good for her, and she achieves incredible rewards for the risks she takes. Her success is linked irrevocably to how she relates to the people who surround her—and without them none of it would have been possible. Samantha Jones is a girl with a passion for ships, and she has always dreamed of going to sea. Fed by stories her uncle told since she was a little child, her dream takes her into adventures little girls rarely get to experience. Against all odds, she braves repeated rejections until, by dint of her own ingenuity, boldness and wit, she wangles a job as cabin boy on The Lady Leeward, a clipper ship engaged in trade with the Far East. The book is not an account of day-to-day life aboard ship, of the command structure or even how the sailors perform their tasks. Rather, it touches mainly on events as they involve Samantha, such as her visits when the ship makes landfall and the people who make each stop memorable. It is clear from the start that Samantha might be in over her head, though she doesn't understand this point at the time. Each day of the voyage brings her up against something thought provoking, and puzzling them out is her main occupation. At times she stumbles, for instance, over how it feels to go against so many of her mother's prohibitions. At others, her attempts to figure out how to relate to her new found shipboard friends bear confusing fruit. Always and in everything she tries to do, her deception looms over her, threatening impending discovery and the end of her dream. The tale of her adventures is a multi-layered account of a young girl's transformation. Right at the beginning, she changes, almost before your eyes, from a mid-19th century girl into a rather tough-looking young sailor and manages to maintain this charade for an entire ocean voyage to China and back—well, almost all the way back, but that comes later. On the way, she struggles to deal with the guilt of leaving her family, even though she rationalizes that they will be better off without the extra mouth to feed. She also feels guilty for deceiving the people on the ship, since she lives the lie every day, and for her actions when she leaves her friend Michael wondering why she behaves as she does. In the process, she learns that there are consequences to be lived with from these decisions, and the lessons transform her from the child following rules laid down by others into a person of understanding who chooses responsibly for herself. Encountering the seamen aboard ship, entering new places and situations, meeting people with different cultures and languages—all these events change Sam Jones from a naïve, unsophisticated city girl into an awakened, enlightened, world traveler. As important as it is, the physical transformation that turns a girl into a woman is almost lost to notice amid all the adventures she experiences. At the end of her adventures, Sam, her dream fulfilled, is happy to be Samantha Jones once again--and more than ready to meet whatever life brings her way. Samantha dreams, She'll always have dreams, And the ship will still fly with the wind.




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