Beverly Swerling

About me

Born in Boston MA, educated in Boston and Kansas City (don’t ask), lived in many parts of Europe as well as NYC, and for the past few years in Philly.
Married with dog. I’ve written a number of novels as Beverly Byrne and Beverly S. Martin, before deciding about ten years ago that it was simpler to use my birth name and keep it.
What all my novels have in common is that they’re historical fiction in whole or in part, though I bounce around among the nooks and crannies of the genre. My chief goal is to keep the reader entertained, and always asking that critical question, “And then what happened?”

From my website

Michael Anthony Martin October 11, 1963 – February 10, 1997

Michael Anthony Martin October 11, 1963 – February 10, 1997 A Eulogy delivered by Andy Hobsbawm on the occasion of Michael's Requiem Mass, Sacred Heart Church Wadhurst, Sussex, England The first time I ever saw Michael was at college in Canada – he met a plane-load of us at the…

MS Analysis Service

THE MS ANALYSIS SERVICE For the past dozen-plus years and on a strictly limited basis, I have occasionally agreed to read the ms of another writer and report back on what I see as strengths, weaknesses, and possible fixes. These reports are detailed, extremely frank, and substantive, but while I…


POINT OF VIEW This is so basic I'm probably telling you what you already know, but I see so many examples of POV mistakes that it seems worth reiterating this fundamental technique of narrative. When you begin a scene you are telling your story—and I'll explain in a minute why…

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