Interview with Beverly Toney

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to see my characters grow. There is nothing better than watching my characters succeed and become the people/person that I envisioned. I am pleased when my stories take shape.
What do your fans mean to you?
Even as a new author I have a fan base and they mean the world to me. I appreciate the time they take to read my books and am glad that they enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the St. Clair Vampires: Book 2, called Blood Moon. There are some exciting twists and turns in Book 2 and I am excited to see what my fans think of it.
Who are your favorite authors?
How much time do you have? My favorites stretch across all genres including James Patterson, Walter Mosley, Terry McMillian, Dan Brown, to name just a few. But my favorite genre is fantasy and i am an obvious fan of Anne Rice, Lynsay Sands, Laurell K Hamilton, Stephanie Meyers, JK Rowling, Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill and Amanda Hocking. I am sure that I have left a few out because there are so many great authors out there.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Honestly? The simple fact that I CAN get out of bed. There are some people who do not have the use of their limbs or any other faculties. No matter how I feel and what is going on in my life, I try to appreciate each moment of my day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing! Since I started writing Blood Descendants, I have had running images of different chapters and scenes for future books. Oh, and I still find time to read a little as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love a good series and my favorite authors are great at keeping me supplied. When I am in between books in a series, I get my new reads via word of mouth. There is nothing better than a good review from a friend to turn you on to a good read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I remember that I have always been a writer, even in grade school, but I don't remember my first story. I do remember wanting more diversity in the books I read, so I would make sure my stories had a variety of different characters, no matter the subject.
What is your writing process?
At first I tried to work from a strict outline, but that didn't work for me. My story lines come to me in fragments; a chapter here and a different chapter there. So, I just write. I write something every day. I write whatever comes to me whether it is 3,000 words or 3 words, I write something down.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Although it is not the first story I ever red, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is the first story that I can remember having a effect on me. I remember crying over Charlotte and her children. It is a wonderful book and I would encourage every child to read it.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted my cover to catch the reader's attention while keeping with the spirit of the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated my a combination of JK Rowling's story of how Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishers and Amanda Hocking's success as an Indie author. I am not trying to make a direct comparison between myself and these great authors, but I believe that my books are great and that readers will enjoy them. Independent publishing is a way of allowing my characters to live.
Published 2014-08-10.
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Books by This Author

Blood Descendants: St. Clair Vampires, Book 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 95,200. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Cheyenne wanted to be part of a family, but she had been a peculiar child and her behavior had her shuffled from one foster home to another. After 13 years in as many foster homes, Cheyenne's wish was granted. Her foster mom, Joyce Redding, was a gift from heaven and for 5 years, they lived a nice, quiet life. But, in life, appearances could be deceiving.
Sailing The High Seas (A Chance Encounter Novella)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,350. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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Teresa knew that she needed a vacation and a 3 day cruise from Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico seemed just right. What Teresa didn't expect was a hot stranger and even hotter sex.