Interview with Bev Haynes

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have written five books and each one has been a joy to write. I love watching the characters come to life. I plot out my story and watch what happens. It seems the characters have other ideas than what I "thought" would happen in the story. Sometimes, I feel I'm reading the book instead of writing it.
What are you working on next?
I have a time travel underway. It's been in the process for years! Since 4th grade actually. At the end of that school year we had a field trip to an old fort. Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming. I could feel the history and a thought popped into my mind. What if I went back in time and lived here?

Sometimes, I wonder if that is why I'm so slow at writing this story. I don't want to let go of it.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is Beverly Lewis. I love Amish Romance! Imagine my surprise to find that through my research with Ancestry.com I found Amish 3rd great-grandparents. Some of my favorite recipes can be traced back to those roots. Who knew?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My inspiration is my family. I love them so. My children are grown and I'm so proud of them. I'm a babysitting Granni. My youngest, age 2 keeps me company for a few hours each day. She is the cutest little sweetie. All 5 of our grand-girls are beauties.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to cook and bake. Of course, I have to watch what I'm doing and Weight Watchers watches over my shoulder. LOL My garden is planted and I'm waiting to see what survives bugs and deer. We have the Niobrara river a block from our house and a herd of deer live around there and find their way into the yard. I like shopping too. You can find me traveling to a larger town in my cute white VW Bug.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Gulp...yes. I wrote erotic romances back in high school for my friends. I'd write my customer's ($1 per story) favorite rock or movie star in a sexy situation with them. It worked pretty well until the history teacher nearly choked on his pen cap after he intercepted a story being passed in class. I never got in trouble either. Think he was too embarrassed to open that can of worms?
How do you approach cover design?
I create book covers for myself, publishers and contract with authors. Sometimes, I think I like art more than the writing process. For my books, I find them easier to create because I know the story inside and out. The best marketing tool is your cover. I try to keep the title and author name in the forefront. Authors get so wrapped up in showing the story on the front, that at times, the real reason for a cover is lost. I try to steer them to have a product that will sell their books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad. I use the Kindle app as well as iBooks app. I am a Baby Boomer. You know what that means. Aging eyes. I can see much more clearly with the back lit screen and font I can enlarge as day turns to night. Paper books slow down my reading and I can't get as comfortable reading. Position the lamp, turn the book to catch the light...ugh. I even have a digital subscription to the newspaper. When we have tools like ereaders, why suffer? :)
Describe your desk
Desk? How about my cream colored sofa/recliner? I'm all for comfort. I'm a night owl so I turn off all the lights, dim the computer screen, open the curtains so I can look out to see stars and the moon...sometimes deer looking in, LOL. It's heaven to write in that environment.
Is there anything else you want your readers to know about you?
I want readers to know when they read my books with ghosts as characters that the entities are real to me. I've had many of the scenes take place. I used to say I was psychic. Anymore, I have rethought that term. I'm more a medium. I see shadows and orbs, have helped souls cross over in my dream stated and just feel the energy.

For a time after I completed training in massage therapy, I had a very good business. The problem I found was this...I am also emphatic and when the client left pain free, it took me a day to shed their energy and pain. Also, when I touched my client, I drew in pictures of their loved ones. Those souls wanted to contact my clients. I gave it up because it took too much of my energy to "try" to ground myself and not absorb energies that weren't my own.

You can find me poking around deserted buildings, dark basements, etc. with my k2 meter and digital recorder, and yes, with my senses tuned in to the other side.
Published 2014-06-23.
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