B. A. (Beverly) Smith

Biography

Hello. I am Beverly. A normal woman in a hectic world; sometimes "Super" at other times "Wonder” Woman.
My main job titles include Mother, Grandmother and wife of over 28 years. Secondary titles (though less formal, still of utmost importance) include Domestic Engineer and Hearth Manager; not to mention that I am a master at juggling.
Professionally I am a Registered Nurse, specializing in psychiatric nursing with over 30 years of experience in helping people in crisis. This "calling" started with a degree in Psychology from VPI&SU in 1981. This was combined with a RN degree in 1992 and advanced into the specialty with ANCC certification in Mental Health and Mental Illness in 1995.
I have worked in many professional areas over the years including medical hospitals (general medical and cardiac care), counseling, mental hospitals, and home health. The specific job titles have varied, including Psychiatric Nurse, RN Clinician, and Behavioral Nurse Specialist. By far the most intense experiences came from over 15 years working in a state-run mental institution in areas of Detox, Substance Abuse, Adolescence, and Acute Admissions. The most challenging experiences came from Psychiatric Home Health Nursing.
Hobbies (when time allows) include Music, Cooking, Art, crafts, photography, physical fitness, volleyball/softball and raising northern breeds Siberian Huskies and American Eskimos.
Writing has been a lifelong passion. It is something that I am compelled to do. Whether writing fiction, poetry, or a professional in-service the enjoyment I get is the same. So many stories clamoring for attention, impatiently waiting to be told.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
It is a lovely large wooden desk that my Dad made in 1960, it has years of stories evident on its surface. I get to see that surface about every two months, when I organize all my mess. To the untrained eye it appears to be a disaster, but there is method in my madness. It reminds me of how my kitchen looks an hour before the meal,
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born a city girl in the capitol of Virginia and lived in Washington DC as a girl. A family tragedy led to spending my formative years in a very rural section of Virginia. Both of these areas had good and bad points. Surroundings do influence your experiences, which in turn will impact one's writing.
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Where to find B. A. (Beverly) Smith online


Books

Bleu Moonburn Kallie Blue 3
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
In Blue Moonburn, the sequel to Bleu Snafu, we rejoin Kallie; stranded in a place she was warned away from, Mistik forest. So many questions awaiting answers; does she get her blue moon wish; will the stag return and what of the other forest dwellers. Can Kallie survive her night on the mountain, will she be rescued or is it already too late? As promised, she has more to tell.
More Tips to Safely Jump-start Your Weight Loss: Foods, Calories, and Exercise
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 8,970. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
In Quick and Easy Techniques to Safely Jump-start Your Weight Loss we looked at internal and external factors that can impact your success, and some areas for change. Now on to the more tedious adult stuff: food, food groups, drinks, exercise, calories and carbs, and More Tips and techniques to jumpstart and fuel your weight-loss plan. Eat to Live and Live Healthy. Beverly
Quick and Easy Techniques to Safely Jump-start Your Weight Loss
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 10,330. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
Hi there. So nice of you to be here. So you want to lose some weight, or get healthier. I applaud you for this undertaking. Too many illnesses are caused by our lifestyle. Here I will give you over 50 Tips, Hints, and Techniques to make changes toward a healthy lifestyle. You are going to take back your power and begin to start feeling a lot better about yourself. Lets get started.
What Exactly Is Depression? More Basics
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Confusion about depression is very common. Commercials touting the latest “cure” compliments of the drug companies. But which one do we ask for, the one that makes you float with balloons or the one with the pretty girl. Or should we ask at all, don’t the doctors know? This book attempts to clear up some of the confusion; why it looks different on different people, causes and interventions.
What Exactly Is Depression? The Basics
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Confusion about depression is very common. I see it in the faces and I hear it in the voices of friends, family members, and the people suffering from depression as they struggle to understand. Some common questions I am asked are about what depression is exactly and what makes it different from just feeling down. This book attempts to answer them, on a general level.
What Can I Say...
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression, Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental health
I hear too often “There is nothing I can do to help”; when friends and family are talking about the depressed or suicidal person. I always feel the need to interject, to let them know that this is simply untrue. Here is a collection of 68 supportive statements that might help you get started.
Bleu Snafu (Kallie Bleu 2)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,210. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Was her wish granted, will she get off the mountaintop, and what of the stag? We first made the acquaintance of young miss Chelsia Bleu, our Kallie, in Bleu Moon (Kallie Bleu). Bleu Snafu picks up where we left her last, in a serious predicament. Was her wish granted? As promised she has more to tell. Author's Note: All characters are the age of adulthood (18 years for humans) or older
Tell Me You Didn’t Just Say That...
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Emotions, Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression
As a Nurse I am constantly surprised that my caseload is not overrun with cases of Human Hoof & Mouth disease. It is not healthy to put your foot in your mouth every time you open it. "Please y'all quit saying that".Here is my collection of 193 of those statements; that all too frequently make a depressed or suicidal person feel worse. Please while you read these, think about how you would feel.
Defining Grace
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,420. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Hello, my name is Rose Mary Grace. I live in a lovely little town in the Tennessee mountains, where things are not as they appear. I am so glad that you answered my call, I was beginning to lose hope, and it looks like I need all the help I can get .I am taking on a lifelong challenge. A problem that has plagued me for all of my years, demands to be settled, it won't let me rest.
Bleu Moon (Kallie Bleu)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
My name is Kallie. I know so little about so many things, and almost nothing about the things that Must really matter. I could really use some help in my search. An impartial viewer with a calm head and a willing ear might really help. Is there anyone out there, anyone that can hear me? I am Lost and need a guide. Author's Note: All characters are the age of adulthood (18 years) or older.
Suicide, A Preventable Tragedy: A Four Part Series
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 25,930. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Suicide, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
After a suicidal act I hear the same heartbreaking questions, as family wrestle with the pain, grief and guilt. My wish is that you, or your family, are never one of them. This book is written for everyone, professional or laborer, rich or poor. The information provided here is intended to give you the knowledge and tools needed to change the outcome and stop these tragic losses. Beverly Smith RN
I Am Not Depressed, Am I?
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Hello, my name is Beverly and I am a Psychiatric Nurse. I am so glad that you are here. The disorder of depression, whether clinical or depressive symptoms, is far to common in our great Nation. This short book is intended to provide some information, gained from my years of experience, about being depressed. “Am I Depressed?” I know that may sound like a strange question to ask.

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