HQ: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: I've always loved to write ever since I was in elementary school. I would write short stories and poetry and share them with my friends. I continued to do that over the years. I studied journalism in college and utilized what I learned in various radio and television newsrooms. But it wasn't creative writing so I started keeping a journal and discovered, with the help of friends, that I had a message to be shared with others.
Q: How and when did you make this dream a reality?
A: Actually, I started keeping a journal about some of the unusual physical and emotional changes I was experiencing about two years ago. I learned I as in the early stages of menopause. From there I kept writing and shared it with a few colleagues. They loved my writing and suggested I write a book. In May of this year, I published my first non-fiction book: WHATEVER! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age.
Q: What's the most important lesson you've learned so far in your writing career?
A: I didn't have to write two or three hundred pages to complete a book and make it interesting.
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I'm working on MARKETING and PROMOTION because that's the key to a successful book. Although my background in the media gives me some advantages, there are still a lot of doors I'm trying to open (with the added help of a publicist) to get my name and book out there.
Q: Name some authors or books that have influenced your writing life in a positive way.
A: Erma Bombeck, Cathy Lechner, Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. These women write from the heart and provide inspiration to their readers. I actually read You've Got to Be Kidding, I Thought This Was the Great Tribulation! by Lechner a couple of times. She had me laughing and crying at the same time!
Q: What have you recently read or what are you reading right now that you would consider an outstanding work?
A: Ask and It Is Given by Jeremy and Esther Hicks. I consider myself an inspirational writer and I'm drawn to authors and books of that nature.
Q: What excites or ignites your soul?
Beverly Mahone is a journalist with more than 25 years' experience in radio and television. The Ohio University graduate's distinguished career has taken her to Boston, New Hampshire, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and North Carolina. In addition, she is an accomplished motivational speaker, who has uplifted thousands with her powerful messages. WHATEVER! is her first solo project. She is also a published writer in How We Got Over: Testimonies of Faith, Hope, and Courage and The Women of Color Devotional Bible. Beverly currently resides in North Carolina with her teenage daughter. Visit Beverly at www.talk2bev.com