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Interview with Beverly Stowe McClure

Posted on: May 18, 2016

BeverlyMcClureThe biography of Beverly Stowe McClure isn’t the typical one for an author. When she was a kid, she didn’t like to read or to read. Instead she loved music. She played clarinet in the junior high and high school bands. She was a majorette. To this day, she still plays the piano to relax.

After high school, McClure married and had children. She also attended Midwestern State University, where she graduated with a teaching certificate. For twenty-two years, she taught young people to read and write.

Somewhere during that time, McClure started to enjoy being a reader and a writer. Maybe it was all that reading to her students. Or perhaps it was introducing Dr. Seuss to her sons that turned her world around. At any rate, she sent an article on fire safety into a magazine, it got published, and the rest is history. Now she reads and writes constantly and loves it.

Today McClure lives in the country with her family, which includes two cats, and a variety of wild critters that stop by for a handout. She also likes to research her family roots, go for walks and snap pictures, and teach a women’s Sunday school class.

I asked McClure some questions about her passions, as well as inquired about her latest novel, in my below interview. Tomorrow I’ll review Under a Purple Moon. Save the date: May 19!

ALLISON: You could have picked so many passions to pursue: animals, music, or photography. Why did you become a writer?

BEVERLY: Actually, I’m surprised I became a writer. I love animals, music and photography. I read very little and my writing consisted mostly of letters to friends. Becoming a writer sort of snuck up on me. The great thing about writing stories is I can write about animals, music, and photography, and satisfy those desires. Why? At a certain point in my life, I discovered what I’d been missing, in a place where I least expected it: the classroom where I taught fifth grade.

ALLISON: How much were animals part of your childhood?

BEVERLY: When I was a child we always had a dog. The first one I remember, but not too well, was a black cocker spaniel named Shadow. There were other dogs along the way that I don’t recall. A dog, mixed breed, not sure of what, named Teddy was my sister’s and my pet when I got married. He was a wanderer, but always came home.

Then there were the cats. Wild ones that just showed up in the yard. We fed them scraps and they lived outside. My parents did not take the cats to the vet, the way I do today. I don’t think they realized the animals needed shots and/or sometimes were sick. Or maybe in those days people didn’t take their pets to the vet. My sister was more into the pets than I was. Now, I’m a pet lover too.

ALLISON: What is your most memorable experience with music?

BEVERLY: Ha, ha, a couple of experiences came right to my mind.  We’ll go with the serious one. My mother played the piano when she was a child, and she wanted me to play too. So, for five or six years, I took piano lessons, performed at recitals and practiced a lot. I also played a clarinet in the band. In high school, we participated in UIL contests with other school districts. The students played their instruments, and I accompanied many of them on the piano. I enjoyed the competition and even won a medal or two.

ALLISON: Share a favorite photograph. Tell how it came about.

BeverlyMcClure_TigerBEVERLY: This is Tiger, one of my cats. He loves my son and one time he was outside when Scott was mowing. The minute the mower was left vacant, Tiger climbed onto the seat and looked at me, as if to say, “Okay, take my picture.” So I did.

ALLISON: What is the most intriguing part of your family history that you’ve discovered and can share?

BEVERLY: My mother was an Orphan Train Rider. When her mother died, Leona was around 7 or 8, and her father surrendered my mother and one sister to the Children’s Aid Society in 1921. In 1922, she rode the train from New York to Texas to begin her new life with a foster family. My historical fiction book about her journey is due out any day now. A Family for Leona.

ALLISON: What advice or support would you provide to a young person who experiences neglect and/or abuse?

BEVERLY: I would advise them to get help. School counselors can point them in the right direction. Friends and organizations that deal with child abuse can help. Chances are it will just get worse, if they don’t find a way out.

ALLISON: Under a Purple Moon is about finding real love. When did you understand what love really is?

BEVERLY: I’d always said, “I love you,” to family, friends, and students. The word “love” is used in many ways. I began to understand what love really is, when my first baby passed away. The love I had for my firstborn, even before I saw him, went beyond the casual use of the word. Love is an emotion that I can’t really explain. I just felt complete and knew I’d do anything for that precious baby. I loved each of my children. Love, to me, means giving, without expecting anything in return. Doing for someone, regardless of the results. For God so loved the world…. Thank you for a great interview and for your time.

4 Responses to "Interview with Beverly Stowe McClure"

Thank you for an interesting interview. You have some great questions that really made me think, mostly about the past.

You’re welcome! Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and letting my readers get to know a little about you.

What a fun interview. What a smart cat too. Tiger looks like he wanted his picture taken.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

I’m glad you enjoyed my chat with Beverly! She’s a nice lady. 🙂

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