More About the Author
A child of May-December romantics - her parents boasted a 20-yr. age difference, and blended a huge family - Beverlyn Elliott understood from an early age that family relationships are complicated. One of twenty-four children between both parents, she learned early how to be part of a large network of individuals who, in her case, happened to be siblings. Her life has always been full of drama, and she pulls from that drama to fuel her writing.
After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, Beverlyn went to Tougaloo College, in Jackson, MS where she pledged the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. At the end of her sophomore year, she transferred to Texas Southern University and finally graduated from Mississippi College a decade later with bachelors and masters degrees in business administration.
Beverlyn has been employed by both private and public organizations. After careers that were long on security but short on fulfillment, she has gravitated back to her lost passion of writing. Elliott identifies in some way with all of her protagonists, either through second-hand exposure to comparable plights from friends and family, or first account witnessing of similar dilemmas.
At sixteen, Beverlyn published her first short story in a teen magazine--the now defunct, Soul Teen--and received a whopping $75. College, marriage, motherhood, career, and just plain fear of failure kept her from writing for many years, but her desire was rekindled after reading a wildly popular series of Young Adult books. In 2009, she joined a couple of writing communities and began to study her craft again. Beverlyn regularly workshops with writers on Zoetrope and Savvy Author. She also networks with readers and writers on several popular networking sites.
Elliott is author of numerous flash fictions, short stories, and non-fiction pieces which have been published or are forthcoming in online venues such as Apollo's Lyre, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Yellow Mama, Pressboard Shanty, Flash Fiction Chronicles, Fictionista Workshop, and Plasma Frequency Magazine.
In addition to writing, she works for the state of Florida, heads a weekly book club and mentoring group for young women, and is a wife and mother. Beverlyn is open to doing public speaking about her writing and writing-related subjects. She is simultaneously working on three novels, because she is insane like that: a contemporary romance set in Chicago and Paris, and a two-book romantic suspense series set in the 1970s and 1990s when HIV/AIDs first reared its head and changed the landscape of dating forever.
Beverlyn lives in the Florida panhandle with her husband and one of her three children. While her nest is perilously close to being empty, she is not fretting about it. In fact, she can be seen dancing a jig when her children aren't looking.