Monday, 5 May 2014

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Beverly Ovalle

1. Tell me about your book A Saint’s Salvation and where you got your inspiration for it?

I actually got the inspiration from my son and his tattoo. Saint Nicholas. He is a Marine and his tattoo just for some reason spurred inspiration.

2. Do you enjoy giving interviews? 

Yes, there is usually some fun and interesting questions to answer. My life is a pretty open book so I don’t usually hold anything back.

3. Do you prefer blue or black inked pens? 

Blue. I just love the colour blue in a bic ink pen.

4. Would you break a law to save a loved one? 

Yes, not a doubt in my mind. As long as we both get away scot free.

5. Is there a message in your novels you want the readers to grasp? 

In A Saint’s Salvation, yes. Ask for help if you need it. A Saint’s Salvation deals with PTSD and war wounds.

6. If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn? 

I would love to learn to weld. I’ve taken classes on blowing glass, stained glass, crocheting, painting, soap making, lotion making and welding sculptures just seems to call to me.

7. What was your favourite cartoon growing up? 

Growing up? I have to grow up? It was and always will be Scooby Doo!

8. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it all imagination? 

Some real life and some imagination. I wrote about the emotions felt by my son when he got his ‘Dear John’ when he was in Afghanistan, the reactions of one of my friend’s son when he got back home. All of it mixed with a liberal dose of imagination.

9. What sort of environment do you write in? (e.g. quiet room, a cupboard with headphones on, in a death match with the cat for control of the keyboard) 

LOL! I had to answer that even though I don’t have a cat! I ‘nest’. I like to write in bed on cold days, surrounded by pillows and blankets. On occasion I’ll have my dragons with me and they tend to wander on my keyboard and settle there. It could be the warmth or that animal instinct to always have the attention in the room!

10. What alcoholic beverages do you favour when you hit a wall? 

Usually it’s the other way around! After the alcoholic beverage I hit the wall, or rather talk to it.

11. If you could have only three electrical appliances in your home, what would you have a why? 

Coffee pot. I don’t think THAT needs an explanation. Washing Machine because I have to have clean clothes and a dryer for my clothes. I’d need the dryer as 50% of the year it’s too cold to hang clothes outside to dry.

12. Have you ever been cow tipping or snipe hunting? 

Snipe Hunting-on board ship. Snipe watch is one of the first watches you end up standing when you first get stationed on board a ship.

13. What’s your Porn Star name? (To get this you add the name of your first pet to the name of the street on which you lived as a child.)

Tiger Grand!


Corporal Nicholas 'Saint' Santiago needs to go home to reclaim the man he used to be. To be the man he was before Operation Enduring Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to forget the courageous woman he knows was meant to be his.

Petty Officer Angelina Jones' life changed the moment Saint saved her life. She survived the blast but now has to deal with the fact that she will never be whole. Knowing Saint received a 'Dear John' letter, Angelina has no intention of being his rebound romance. She needs to be loved for herself. She needs to forget about the one man she knows was meant to be hers.

They each try to find someone to help them forget. But what does fate have planned for them? 

About Beverly

Beverly Ovalle lives in Wisconsin with her husband Edmond of 24 years and two Chinese Water Dragons. Having her own Dragons is expected as she is dragon crazy and anyone that walks in her house can tell. Her son Nicholas visits when he is on leave from the Marines.  Her daughter Susannah visits to grocery shop in the pantry and to see what might be cooking for dinner.
Beverly has traveled around the world thanks to five years in the US Navy and has worked for the government in one capacity or another for the past 30 years. Beverly and her brothers have travelled most of the continental United States as children due to the station wagon from Hell.  Still active with veterans, she is adjutant for her local AMVETS.
Beverly has been reading romances since her Aunt introduced her to the gothic romance in the fourth grade and is still reading every chance she gets.



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  2. Beverly, thank you to your son! I too, am the mother of a soldier. My son is 82nd Airborne Combat Engineer, since October 2001. He has done 7 deployments, 4 to Iraq and 3 to Afghanistan. I have Joel's St. Michael who is the Patron Saint of Paratroopers, that he wore on a few deployments. Loved the interview and except from A Saint's Salvation!

    1. Thank you to your son also. Hope he is doing well.