That's right, I'm back for a THIRD interview!
Now I have Beverly Anderson dropping in.
Transgender. Bigender. Asexual. Panromantic. Kinkster. Pagan. Autistic. Polyamorous. Queer. Poet. Writer. More.
She/Her or They/Them
Beverly L. Anderson started writing at the age of eleven, and when they did it was obvious they weren't going to stick to the every day. Her first story, written in a series of spiral notebooks, was about a kidnapping. There's no surprise that these days, they favor the dark corners of the psyche over the happy and fluffy parts. Enamored with the mind, she studied extensively in the subjects of psychology and related fields.
Beverly's other hobbies include gaming of all types, transgender and autism advocacy, and writing fanfiction. Their interest in the BDSM community began as simple curiosity, but has led her to the road to finding a place for herself there as a Domme. She herself has gone on the journey of self-discovery in the last few years, finally pinning down their identity after nearly thirty years of searching. Coming out as bigender, asexual, panromantic, and polyamorous was one of the hardest things they've ever done, but it gave them the confidence to become herself even more. An autistic person, and an eclectic pagan, Beverly finds themself at odds with a lot of what society calls "normal".
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek. Been a trekkie since I was very young and TNG was airing.
DCU or MCU? I like both, but if I have to pick, I like MCU more.
Coffee, tea, or cacao? Any kind of tea! Chai is a favorite.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Completely random. I have about fifteen or so works I work on at a given time, and I rotate through them as inspiration hits.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Most the time, I think of a plot that I think would sound good with a queer spin, and I run from there. Sometimes, I see something that triggers it, like a picture or something else.
Is there a trope you find yourself going back to in multiple works? Or one you avoid?
I write a lot of hurt/comfort. I love the psychological aspects of trauma and the effects on a person in their lives. I like examining the dark corners of the psyche and getting into things that most people shy away from.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve published four, two poetry, one fantasy, and one crime drama. I think my favorite has to be my fantasy series even if it’s the toughest to write.
Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Just write. Don’t listen to anyone at first, just put words on a page. You can always edit later, but you can’t edit a blank page.
Do you like to create books for adults?
All my stuff is geared toward adult audiences, and I like it that way. I enjoy mature themes and tackling some of the darker aspects of life.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story is one you want to tell and have passion for telling.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I took a literature class that went to London for a week. It was awesome. Got to see the Globe theater and visit Stonehenge.
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Right now, I’d say using AI-generated book covers.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Probably on art for my book covers and map for my fantasy series.
Do you write novels, novellas, short stories, episodic fiction, poems, screenplays, or something else? What is your preferred format?
I write novels and poetry. So, the long and the short.
Are you traditionally or self published? Or both? Do you feel there are advantages to one over the other?
Self-Published. I like having complete control over my work, though I wouldn’t mind if a traditional publisher came to me with an offer!
What is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?
42, coincidently, my age this year.
What does literary success look like to you?
Having an impact on readers.
What do you have coming next?
Escaping Fate, Embracing Destiny, April 1