Beverly Flanders lives in Shreveport, Louisiana and is an active member of ACFW-LA. She has dabbled in light poetry since childhood when a seventh-grade poetry class assignment was published in a school anthology. Her career goal was to become a teacher, but those plans were interrupted when she met Al, the love of her life, at Indiana University. He became a banker in Mansfield, Louisiana, his hometown. Her writing projects stalled for a few years as they raised three perfect children who later produced six even more perfect grandchildren.
Through the years she stayed active in her church. In Mansfield, she taught Sunday School for third and fourth graders and often wrote plays based on familiar Bible stories for the children to perform. She was concerned about the problem of adult illiteracy, so she volunteered for Literacy Volunteers of America. An eighty-year-old man who had never been inside a school building was her star student. It was a truly amazing journey and she used her writing skills in preparing lesson plans for his progress.
She became a widow in 2009 and moved to Shreveport. A friend encouraged her to join ACFW-LA. Through her association with other writers and encouragement from family and friends, her interest in writing was rekindled. Her focus turned to writing devotionals and short stories. She currently teaches a Sunday School class of delightful ninety-year-old ladies in her Shreveport church.
Growing up as an “Army brat” as well as other life experiences have provided her with a wealth of material for her writing. Whether it’s devotionals, short stories, or teaching nine to ninety-year-olds, God has enabled her to use her love of writing in ways she never imagined.
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