Beth Shriver received a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska. She worked as a case worker for Boulder County Department of Social Services before starting a family.
Beth freelanced for local papers in her area and wrote columns and devotionals for magazines. Her two cats and beagle keep her company when she writes in a variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction.
Beth, so nice to meet you. Where can readers find you online?
I didn't start writing until 2003, and I was never one of those kids who hid under the covers at night to read after bedtime, or started writing my first novel at age five! No, I began writing articles for inspirational magazines because I thought I had something to say and wanted to share with others. An author friend of mine read my articles and encouraged me to write a book.
So I wrote a YA. Then came the memories of my social work years and a story idea was created from that, and I've continued to write in a number of different genres. For me, writing is all about life experiences on steroids. Each situation, conversation or feeling is heightened to give everyday situations a fun, new kick.
You write romance novels, but is that your preferred type of book to read for leisure?
I don’t have any particular genre that I like, maybe historical if I had to choose, but I like to read all types of books and see everything that’s out there. I’ve been surprised at some of the books I’ve really enjoyed that I never thought I’d like. When you see all the different genres I write in you’ll understand my tendency to jump around a lot. It’s all about the story not the category for me.
I agree. I've written in the mystery, romance and woman's fiction genres. I like to read all types of fiction as well. What’s your Top Ten List of reasons why you can’t live without writing?
1. I love to tell a story
2. It’s a great escape
3. I have a huge imagination and have to find something to do with it
4. I get paid for doing something I love
The last six reasons are the six books I am contracted to write:
5. Annie’s Truth
6. Grace Given
7. Healing Grace
8. Return to Me
9. Touch of Grace
10. The Gift
Some great reasons. Thanks for sharing. Where is the most exotic place you’ve ever traveled?
My husband’s company has sent us to over a dozen countries and we’ve taken many family trips as well, so I’ve been very blessed. The most exotic place has to be Italy in Tuscany, but I absolutely loved the countries in Africa as well. I would like to go back to Zimbabwe and do mission work there some day.
My husband is Italian and we both have family in Italy. He's been there to visit but I haven't. Would love to go there someday. Two of my favorite movies are Under the Tuscan Sun and Letters to Juliet--I think the beautiful scenery drew me to those movies. That's a great aspiration to do mission work in Zimbabwe. Hope that you get to do that someday.
Rose Fontane, a homeless shelter caseworker, would do anything for the residents who live there. Her life is the shelter, even to the point of having no family of her own. This all begins to change when architect Jeremy Wheeler stumbles upon the shelter when scouting out the area for the site his company plans to destroy and build an outdoor shopping area. In order to date Rose, he has to court the shelter as well, and in doing so he becomes attached to the people there. Rose begins to change her view of the corporate world as she finds that Jeremy’s heart is as genuine as hers when it comes to helping those in need.
Definitely a book going on my TBR pile. Where can readers find this book?
Purchase Link: (June 15, 2011): http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-176/Beth-Shriver-Love-is/Detail.bok
We'd love to read an excerpt. Can you share one?
Dark and handsome with perfect attire, a boyish face made him appear younger than he probably was, and he was tall, but then most people seemed tall to Rose.
"What are you looking for?"
"Umm." He hesitated.
"Are you so lost you don't know what you're looking for?" she quipped.
He grinned, showing his very white teeth. "No, I just wasn't aware that there was a soup kitchen here." He looked over her head toward the kitchen.
"Are you hungry?" Rose folded her arms over her chest, trying to figure out what this guy was doing here.
He grinned. "Ah, no." He pulled off his black leather gloves and put them in his pockets. "I need to make a phone call. Do you mind if I stay in here? It's cold out there." He hitched a thumb over his shoulder toward to the door.
"Sure, there's a spot next to Gary." Rose pointed to a vacant seat and watched as he talked on his cell phone. His dark hair was cut short, framing his strong facial features. Rose mused at seeing a businessman among the homeless. He studied those around him as he spoke, but none of them noticed him. What they did notice was his fine, wool, full-length coat.
When he finished talking, he looked her way. Rose stopped staring at him as he came over to her. He lifted his hand. "I'm Jeremy Wheeler. Sorry I didn't introduce myself earlier."
"No problem. You seemed very preoccupied." She held her hand to his and felt his firm handshake. "I'm Rose."
"Really? That's my grandmother's name. You don't hear it very often anymore."
"My grandmother's name was Rose, too."
"You're joking? That's quite a coincidence. I'll surely remember it." He studied her with a glint in his eyes. "And you." He gave her a long, slow smile. "Thank you for your hospitality." He turned and walked to the door.
Susan came into the room as he left. "Who was that?"
"When did we start taking in executives?" They both watched him until he was out of sight.
Rose lifted a brow. "We're supposed to take in the downtrodden. You never know who that might be."
Beth, so glad you stopped by today. Enjoyed our chat. I hope every one sticks around for a bit to chat with us.