Author Spotlight Beverly L Anderson

First I apologize to all of the authors who have been on hold for months. We had to showcase the anthology authors and this got put on hold as I was too busy to do what needed done. I am back at it. I will be going through one a week on Thursday until I get you all.

We are starting with the amazing Beverly L Anderson. Her answers to our questions tightly match the Bio on her Amazon page. And I found the Bio more fun…so I am sharing it. Her books look pretty and have some neat ideas behind them. She said that she, when faced with writer’s block just changes to something else until it passes.

Beverly L. Anderson started writing at the age of eleven, and when she did it was obvious she wasn’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, she favors the dark corners of the psyche over the happy and fluffy parts. To better understand the mind of her characters, Beverly specialized in psychology and counseling in school, and holds a master’s degree in the latter.

Beverly’s other hobbies include gaming of all types, transgender and autism advocacy, and writing fanfiction. She herself has gone on the journey of self-discovery in the last few years, finally pinning down her identity after nearly thirty years of searching. Coming out as bigender and pansexual was one of the hardest things she’s ever done, but it gave her the confidence to become herself even more. An autistic parent of two autistic kids, and an eclectic pagan, Beverly finds herself at odds with a lot of what society calls “normal”. Her 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 switch.

Find Beverly online:

* facebook.com/phoenixreal
* goodreads.com/phoenixreal
* patreon.com/phoenixreal
* Ko-fi.com/phoenixreal
* beverlylynnanderson.ashesofreality.com

We are glad to spotlight Beverly and hope that she continues to produce books to brighten this world.

Inspiration without a home – Patricia Harris

Written by our own Patricia Harris, we introduce Inspiration without a Home!

A memoir of a half mad poet. Talk of abuse, of rape, and a life lived. Poetry and truth laid out in a loose familiar manor. A tough story of survival.

Get your copy today!

Creative commonality

When prowling through the interwebs and the dark reaches of social media, I have noticed something. Artists, authors, and other creatives all have certain traits.

1.) Self Doubt – Finding true confidence in any creative seems to be rare. Now I am not talking about the bravado that many of us put forth. That image of confidence that we want the world to see. Nope, I am talking about true confidence. That feeling that we are worthy, that we are enough.

2.) High Intelligence and Empathy – though there is a variance… I have seen those who are naturally creative as often being likely to be both highly intelligent and highly empathetic.

3.) Needs validity – Imposter syndrome is so common. That fear of failure. The fear of not being as good as others. So we seek the praise of those viewing the work we do.

4.) Searching – creative people search. For like minds. For a target audience. For ways to improve.

Those are a strong enough issue among us that it creates struggles and stigmas among the creative community. So I thought that I would touch on the topic and offer suggestions on how to overcome.

1.) Breathe – as cliche as it sounds… Stepping away from the issue and breathing may be just what you need. It allows for the work to be less of a focus and lets you look at it more rationally.

2.) Find like minds – Look for people like yourself. There are groups on social media. (Send us a message if you need help finding good ones… We can recommend some.) Or if you are not a joiner, find a select few who can encourage you and help with critique and feedback. This is how you improve.

3.) Self esteem building – there are so many possible options here. You can Google search for a few good exercises. You have to love you before you can love your own work.

I know that you have heard this all before. This is not new content. It is just my reminder to each of you that you matter. You are worthy. You are enough. You are bringing beauty into a world that needs it desperately. Please continue. And if you have that moment when you feel so lost… Reach out.

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