July 22nd, 2011 21:57 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Betty Dravis, Co-Author of Dream Reachers II
"Betty Dravis is a fantastic mix of Shirley Jackson, Edna Buchanan and Janis Joplin. Don`t ask me how I came up with that unlikely comparison-I just feel it, and I haven`t been drinking much tonight...." - Mark LaFlamme, author of "Dirt: An American Campaign", Box of Lies and more.
"Betty Dravis`s ability to present real people, places, and things in the midst of a fantasy story is very close to what I strive for in my own writings. Characters with last names and problems who live in real places, but still have fantastical things happen to them, make for a wonderful story. "The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley" is truly a modern "James and the Giant Peach" or "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" kind of tale." - J. H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles.
Betty Dravis is a retired, award-winning California journalist and newspaper publisher who also hosted a Cable TV talk show. She was listed in several Who`s Who books, is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, an esteemed "Dame of Dialogue," a member of American Author`s Association, former member of Sigma Delta Chi and San Jose Newspaper Guild. She is the recipient of many California awards, including city, county and state and was a San Jose Woman of Achievement.
In addition to co-authoring this book, Dream Reachers II, Dravis also co-authored the award-winning Dream Reachers (with Chase Von). This talented woman is also the author of three novels: 1106 Grand Boulevard, an epic romantic thriller; The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley, a young adult fantasy adventure; and Millennium Babe: The Prophecy, a supernatural mystery adventure. She also has a number of published short stories and writes reviews for Midwest Book Reviews and is an Amazon top reviewer.
Canterbury House Publishing will release two of the above books in eBook format in May 2011: 1106 Grand Boulevard and The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley.
Dravis was born in Ohio, but is a long-time California resident. She has four surviving children, two angels in Heaven, nine grandchildren, four "greats" and a great-great granddaughter. The author now lives in Central California where she`s working on her first serial-killer thriller. For more info, visit her website: bettydravis.com
Betty is also working to promote Stem Cell Research, along with her daughter Mindy James whose son Seth suffered a spinal cord injury in a motocross practice race. Read Seth`s story on the Internet at Bridges to Hope.
Another of Dravis`s favorite things is interviewing; among those she has interviewed are the "living legend" actor/director/producer Clint Eastwood, country singer/actress Tanya Tucker, the late actress Jane Russell, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Tanya Tucker, the late San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, actresses/singers Katherin Kovin Pacino and Marissa Autumn, actor/producer/director Tony Tarantino and many more...the list keeps growing. Please see the Celebrity Section of this website.
Of writing, Betty always says, "It`s exhilarating-like sliding down a rainbow with a huge smile on my face, filled with love for the whole of God`s magnificent creation." She laughs as she adds: "Yeah...and marketing is like trudging through a field of `chewed` bubblegum on a hot, sticky day."
Dream Reachers II
"Being a great believer in the importance of reaching for dreams and harnessing passions to build a good life, I was delighted to read...enlightening and uplifting interviews." Susaye Greene, legendary "Last Supreme"
"Betty Dravis and Chase Von understand how important it is to Dream Reachers such as myself to continue to seek inspiration...will be passed on to generations." Norma Jean, Actress and Comedienne