Beverly Gyori was born in Australia and worked as a legal secretary. She now lives in Canada and her interests are photography and writing, Her short story The Pink Parasol was published in New Beginnings, a collection of creative writing by B.C. Authors.
Beverly Ann Gyori
Bev Gyori lives in Coquitlam, where she has been writing for five years, for the pleasure of it. She likes the feeling of being creative.
My New Tomorrow is your first novel, have you always considered yourself a writer?
I was good at writing essays at school in Australia, but at the time I never thought of writing an entire novel. Nor did it ever occur to me as I raised a family to write, but after going through the crafty phase of quilting, tole painting, paper tole, jewellery making and scrapbooking (for my photography), an idea came for a book. Maybe that passion was still lying dormant in my brain since childhood.
There’s a cliché that writers often say they write because they have to. Can you recall a when you got so inspired that writing this book became something you just had to do?
When boating around the Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast, the idea to write a story about a floating home started to form in my mind. I wrote the first few chapters, and someone told me about the Port Moody Writers Group (PMWG).
Critique from this group helped me grow in my writing. Over the next five years I wrote and re-wrote My New Tomorrow. I also joined the Tri-City Wordsmiths. As a member I attended their presentations and they have been invaluable in broadening my knowledge of many writing genres and methods.
With the help from these groups and years of hard work, I knew that I had written something unique and special.
The PMWG was also where I met Joyce Gram and Erik D’Souza. Joyce had been the facilitator for several of my PMWG courses and she knew my work. I was so happy when she agreed to be my editor and it was a pleasure to have worked with her.
After rejections from publishers who publish similar books to my story, I became frustrated and decided to go with Timbercrest Publishing. The owner, Erik D’Souza, offered a plan that sounded workable for me. He has been most patient with me as we laboured through the publishing process.
You wrote a beautiful story about a woman who had to re-invent herself and trust in love again after a bitter divorce. It’s both drama and a romance story. Do you mostly read romance novels? And is that why you wrote one yourself?
My go-to reads have usually been romance novels for something relaxing especially during the time of caring for my husband with Dementia. Two of my favourites are Debbie Macomber and Nicolas Sparks, however, during Covid I’ve read a wide range of novels.