Interview with Beverly Oliver

Published 2020-11-10.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I attended elementary school in Washington, DC. My cousin Patrice and I were pen pals. She lived in Sumter, South Carolina, a place I visited many summers in my childhood. I loved getting mail with my name on it! And what fun to write back and send mail! I remember my letters always started the same way: "Dear Patrice, How are you? I am fine." Yes, I suppose those pen pal days led me to where I am today.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali is unlike my previous books about him, though there is autobiography in it. This book is far more philosophical, with a call-to-action tone to it. As usual Dr. Sebi has strong, unapologetic opinions about the state of black people throughout the world, especially when it comes to diet, health, and relationships with other races. The tone of the book in some chapters is grave, critical, admonishing. Dr. Sebi felt this book was needed far more than his life's story because he could see that things haven't changed much in people's diet, diseases and health, even though he offered life-saving recommendations in these areas, not only for black people but other races too. That's the theme of Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali: "why people reject the good in matters of health, race, family, and culture."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a fantastic way to distribute ebooks! It offers them to the world in such a convenient process that authors and publishers can just leave their books with Smashwords and feel confident exposure will come.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is so many things to me. It comforts me. It makes me feel creative and productive and that I'm making a difference in other lives as well.
What are you working on next?
I would like my next project to be a screenplay about. . . you guessed it--Dr. Sebi. If not a screenplay, then the completion of his autobiography.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life itself is a beautiful thing to wake up to. Every day is a good day to get life right. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to do so.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sightseeing and shooting pictures, taking meditative walks, reading, listening to music, coloring, cooking.
What is your writing process?
I write down everything I think and feel about a story: questions, scenes, people, research. Then I outline, write, and rewrite, then rewrite some more. I'm usually satisfied with what I wrote after the 14th draft, but even at that stage I find something I can change and improve.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, the first stories I ever read and remember are the ones from elementary school. They were Fun With Dick and Jane and the Dr. Seuss stories, especially Green Eggs and Ham. They helped me learn to read.
How do you approach cover design?
I need to get better at this. I tend to over think designs. I begin by designing the cover myself (I love graphic design). Then I seek the help of experienced designers to see if they can offer an improvement on my designs or create one from scratch. With my next book, I'm leaving cover design to a traditional publisher.
Describe your desk
My desk is about 5 feet long. My laptop is on the left end. Pen, pencils, notepads, other supplies sit in the middle and the printer is on the right end.
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Books by This Author

Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali: Crossing Over from Dis-Ease to Ease in Matters of Health, Race, Family, and Culture
Price: $5.99 USD. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Essay » Sociology
Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali, nonfiction, part memoir, part social commentary, is steeped in the observations of alkaline herbal medicine specialist Dr. Sebi, legally named Alfredo D. Bowman. It includes seven chapters, a Foreword, Introduction, Notes, and Bibliography. A forerunner to Black Lives Matter, Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali addresses race, culture, health, children, and the black family.
Seven Days in Usha Village: A Conversation with Dr. Sebi
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 29,970. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine
In November 2005, natural healer Dr. Sebi invited author Beverly Oliver to his healing center Usha Village to share stories of his life in Honduras, the United States and the Caribbean. He talked about how he transformed from Alfredo Bowman steam engineer in Los Angeles to Dr. Sebi the international herbal medicine specialist, curing people with his herbal compounds for more than 40 years.
Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing: Why An Herbalist's View Matters More Today Than Ever Before
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 32,390. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine
Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing offers a view of proven and effective alternative healing experienced by Dr. Sebi, a man who knows firsthand the benefits of alternative medicine. He welcomed author Beverly Oliver to Usha Village, the setting for the book, to share alternative health advice, anecdotes about the food and health connection and his personal journey with alternative healing.