Today, I have the honour to welcome back Beverly McCLure, a wonderful author of tween and teen novels. I had the privilege to read one of her other novels, A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat, and found it to be well-written good wholesome fun. And readers, if you leave a comment, you will have a chance to win an e-book copy of Beverly’s new novel. Beverly, welcome.
Beverly, please tell us about your new novel.
STAR OF THE TEAM is the story of eleven-year-old Kate Taylor, a girl like many other girls who want to be the best at whatever they do. In Kate’s case, it’s playing basketball. Her goal is to be the star of the team she plays on. She’s good, but Emily, the new girl at school is good too, and makes it clear that she plans to be the star of the team. Kate faces not only Emily’s challenge but an accident, as well, that may even keep her from playing in the games, much less being the star.
Oh, that poor girl. That must be quite the conundrum. I remember a friend of mine,who was the star athlete at my elementary school, developed a problem with her hip and had to sit out Sports Day. It was also the end of her athletic career as she had to have a joint replaced that prevented her leg from growing.
That is so sad. Sometimes sports can be dangerous.
What made you write this story? Is it personal? Or is it just little voices that whisper stories in your head?
Yes, little voices often whisper their stories in my ear. I love it when that happens. Our families, poor unsuspecting children and spouses, also provide writers with many lovely tales to write about. This story was born from the games I watched one of my granddaughters play. One thing I noticed was how competitive the girls were. They played for fun, but they were also very serious about the games. Visions kept appearing to me of a team and the characters on that team, so I started playing around with ideas, and the result was STAR OF THE TEAM. To increase the suspense of whether Kate would succeed or fail in being the star, I added another incident from my granddaughter’s life and it worked perfectly.
So what have you been doing lately when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I enjoy taking walks and photographing flowers, clouds, birds, butterflies, and just about everything. I also am a genealogy fan and love to research my family history and work on scrapbooks. To relax, I play the piano.
Hurray, the piano! So do I. Could you please post your link so my readers can scoop up your new book?
I’d be happy to.
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/18r6ox4
Thank you, Beverly. Always a pleasure! And readers, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win Star of the Team.
Thank you, Suzanne, for letting me share my book and my life.