What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration for writing Beaufort Betrayal was a vision which came to me each night before going to sleep. This occurred each night for years. Finally, I got on my knees to ask God if it was me or him? Shortly thereafter, I found myself before the computer writing. This little book, Beaufort Betrayal, was the result. I am so pleased to have written this book. I dealt only briefly with an abusive relationship which had begun to escalate and am thankful that I was guided away from the horror. If I can help one person believe that they may not be responsible for the actions of someone who professes love, I would be so grateful.
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
Topics of interest to book clubs from my book and background are intertwined. From the book, I think everyone will enjoy the places: Palm Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Beaufort, N.C. and Blowing Rock are all places that I have either lived or stayed there frequently. The paragraphs on sailing and boats would be of interest to most. The list of great restaurants will delight all. From my personal background, I drew quite a bit on the mental states of Jack and Issie. My psych training in nursing as an R.N. played in the chapters on Broughton and the spiraling mental deterioration of the 2 mental characters.
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influences your writing.
Definitely my career as a Registered Nurse plays in most of my writing in one way or another. I feel it has provided me with a great deal of compassion and understanding to both the fragility of mental as well as physical health.
Describe your style of writing
I can’t really describe my style except to say that it is from the heart; always with a hope that I can help someone else.
Which authors have inspired you?
Nelson DeMille has inspired me so many times. I would love to be able to bring the humor which he so classically envelopes his storyline. Also Jeffrey Archer is one of the best examples of diversity that I can recall. His researched novels are beautiful. I also love to read Nicholas Sparks. I went to an event with him a few weeks ago and loved to listen to the books he has written and the inspirations in his life for each.
By: Linda Heavner Gerald
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