Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Love and Danger on A Cruise to Remember


I'm Reggi Allder a writer of romantic suspense and contemporary novels. Today I’m happy to welcome Beverley Bateman author of romantic suspense and medical thrillers.

Hi Beverley, thank you for stopping by. Please tell everyone a little about yourself.

I’ve said in other interviews that I think I’m really quite a boring person because everyone else is traveling to wonderful places and doing exciting things. I’ve been told boring is individual so maybe I have a quieter lifestyle. I’m Canadian and live in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, BC. It’s beautiful country and I love it here – in the summer. There are large lakes, beautiful beaches, orchards of apples, pears, peaches plus raspberries, blueberries and lots of other fresh produce. And of course, it’s wine country. We have world class wines which I feel is my obligation to taste.
 I write, edit, workout and spend a lot of time on the computer. We also have mountains and great skiing, both downhill and cross-country, however, in the winter, I snowbird with my husband, and two Shiba Inu dogs.  I prefer San Diego and Tucson to freezing temperatures and piles of snow, especially this year, when so much of the country has had a very, long cold winter.

There are so many ways to do it. How do you pick a plot?
I wish I knew. (Okay, this morning I was lying in bed – Hey, I’m working.) I know if you’re not a writer you don’t understand this. My husband sure doesn’t when I say I’m not being lazy, I’m working.  But as a writer, pajamas are part of our writing dress.
Right now I’m in Tucson staying at an RV Resort. Anyway, as I was lying in bed I thought about – what if a man a park model (that’s like a small mobile home) asked me to spend time with him and then stay with him in his park model? I’m happily married so we’re into that special world of writing. Then I thought what if that was how he got a woman alone in some place private. And what if he was a serial killer and this was how he worked, traveling from RV Park to RV Park and state to state. I’m thinking the heroine might be traveling in her own RV. Okay, I haven’t worked out the plot past this – but I will. My idea about a serial murder in a park model interests me. The man has been doing it across the country and no one has twigged to the fact he’s a serial killer. (Check my website as I develop this plot)
I have no idea how I choose a plot –it just comes to me. What draws me to a plot is anything that sounds murderous and interesting.

What about A Cruise to Remember? I love the cover by the way.

It started much the same way – the heroine with amnesia, someone wants to kill her – why? Where? How does she survive if she has amnesia?
So now you know my very “professional process” for finding a plot. And from this point on I’m a pantser. I do little sketches but you’ve seen how my mind works. My characters develop so they fit in with the plot (Okay, in bed I’m thinking an older woman, newspaper crime reporter, lost her job and traveling in her RV.)
I haven’t got farther than that, but I’m excited about a new story.
I’d love to hear how you come up with your plots.
You can check out how the plotting for A Cruise to Remember. It’s available on all e-reader sites. Here’s the Amazon link:

Thanks Beverley.

Be sure to comment and ask questions of Beverley and me. 
Hope you check out my books on Amazon.
Best, Reggi.
Books on Amazon
ShatteredRules  Does love always deserve a second chance?
MoneyPower and Poison   Can love win against the odd?


  1. Hello Beverley,
    Coming up with a plot is a nebulous business, isn't it. I sometimes wonder where I get my ideas from! Good luck with the book.

    1. Hi Anna,
      Thanks for stopping by! : ) Reggi

    2. Thanks Anna.
      I find my plots come in weird and wonderful ways. It's always interesting.

  2. Hi Reggi,
    Great blog and it's so nice to hear how Beverly Bateman develops her plots. It makes me realize the rest of us are not so crazy after all, as we dream up events in our sleep or while we're doing something else! Very interesting, thanks to both of you, Sylvia

    1. Hi Sylvia, Lets face it, writers are a different breed and we work differently. I love it when someone says 'you're day dreaming' and I reply - '"No, really, I'm working.". Beverley

  3. Hi Sylvia,
    That’s right, not so crazy but very creative : )
    Thanks for the kind words! Best Reggi

  4. Hi Beverly,
    I heard some writers plot the whole book before starting to write. Do you ever do this?

    1. Hi Jeniiffer,
      No, I've tried but I find that as the book progresses my characters often change the direction and the plot also switches direction.

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    1. Thanks, glad you liked it. Stop by again. : ) Reggi

    2. Thanks Richard. I appreciate you dropping by.

  6. Hi Beverly,
    Loved what you said about boring, me too :)
    Great idea for your new book, though it made me think since I live in an RV park myself, lol. Good thing I'm happily married, no strange men allowed
    My book came from news headlines on the cartels in Mexico and all the horrible things they do, and get away with.
    Thanks for the great blog Reggi,
    Jacquie Biggar

    1. Hi Jacquie,
      Boring is a writers curse. We live n our own little cave. :)
      That's a great plot - the Mexican cartels and the things they do. What a great book idea. Newspaper headlines are a great way to come up with a plot. I have a few in mind, myself,

  7. Hi Jacquie,
    Interesting comments cartels in Mexico et all. Glad you came by. Best,Reggi

  8. Hello Beverley,
    I am a writer too but struggle to get enough conflict into my Regency Historicals.
    Every genre needs conflict I know but that's my biggest stumbling block. I like your idea of a murder in an RV park.

  9. Hi Beverly, all my murders seem to happen on dry land. My next mystery will be at sea, or maybe on a plane. Good luck with sales.