Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an Award-winning author/screenwriter who has written two novels, and one non-fiction book and several screenplays after retirement from the corporate world.
My Five-Star Readers’ Favorite, debut novel Concrete Wings, a family drama/coming-of-age story earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval with a recommendation for school and home libraries and 2021 Speak Up Radio Firebird Book Award. My second novel, Soaring in Silence, a suspense thriller earned a Five-Star Readers’ Favorite Seal. My third book, Women, Work and Triumph is a compilation of interviews with a diverse group of 26 fascinating women from 5 countries in 26 careers from A – Z with 1 goal – acceptance and respect. It earned the 2020 Five-Star Readers’ Favorite Seal and 2021 Speak Up Radio Firebird Book Award.
My books are available on Amazon and all fine stores where books are sold. https://www.amazon.com/Beverly-Gandara/e/B01E7TYXJ8
Writing in different genres, I completed several screenplays, many of which are contest-placed. My comedy script, Rent Money won the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay at the 2012 Beverly Hills International Film Festival. My coming-of-age script Concrete Wings won the 2021 Accolade Global Film Competition for Best Screenplay in two categories Latin/Hispanic and Personal Growth, the 2021 World Film Carnival – Singapore for Best Feature Script, 2021 Hollywood on the Tiber Film Awards for Best Original Story, the 8 & Half Film Awards for Best International Writer, and the 2022 World-Fest International Houston Film Festival Gold Remi Award for the Historical/Period Piece Category. My LGBTQ+ period piece While I Wait won the silver award for Best Feature Script at the June 2022 Hollywood Gold Awards.
I live with my husband Armando, whose experiences inspired the script and the novel, Concrete Wings. For more information about me and my work, please visit http://www.bevgandara.com or imdb.me/bevgandara
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
WOMEN, WORK and TRIUMPH
The initial goal of Women, Work and Triumph was to educate, empower, inspire, and support girls on the verge of womanhood and young women on their journey. As we celebrated the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, the struggle, in my opinion, continues as women still fight for equality in what were traditionally male-dominated professions.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write early in the morning while it is quiet. If I write in the afternoon or evening, my husband is allowed to do anything but vacuum. According to my husband, I can be heard talking out loud and laughing as I give my characters voice.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stories from the Bible and Shakespeare have had a profound influence on me. Legal dramas and mysteries are of great interest to me. I believe everyone has a story and will listen to people who tell me extraordinary tales.
What are you working on now?
I am simultaneously writing two books;
1. A children’s book inspired by my work as a volunteer with Freedom Readers a non-profit organization serving children in need around the country improve their reading skills. The book in the voice of a child informs their care givers, Mom and Dad, Mom and Mom, Dad and Dad, single Mom, single Dad how they view their lives.
2. A book containing stories by members of the LGBTQ+ community. It is inspired by my friendships with various members of the community who have shared with me, their experiences and hopes for the future.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
http://www.bevgandara.com. I advertise with qualified media outlets like yours.
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Do you have any advice for new authors?
Learn the basics and remember there is no expiration date on one\’s dreams.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Act, don\’t react.
What are you reading now?
Several children\’s books as a guest judge for a western book contest.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As a screenwriter, I am waiting to see my screenplay(s) on screen, small or large.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible, The Works of Shakespeare and a Thesaurus.