Bev grew up in McComb and Gulfport, Mississippi. She holds degrees from the University of Mississippi and Southeastern Louisiana University. She began her writing career during the years her husband served in the USAF, writing lifestyle pieces for military publications and various magazines and newspapers. After living in Mildenhall, England, for three years, Bev and her husband returned to the States where she began publishing short stories in literary magazines and anthologies.
Her first novel, Walking Through Shadows, published in 2002, was a Booksense Pick, an alternate Literary Guild selection, and was chosen as one of the best debut novels of 2002 by the New Orleans Times Picayune. Her second novel, Right As Rain, won the Mississippi Library Association Fiction of the Year Award. It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle’s Fiction of the Year and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction of the year. Right As Rain was chosen for the Best Novels of 2004 list by the New Orleans Times Picayune. Both of Bev’s first two novels have been translated into German and Walking Through Shadows has been adapted for a radio play in German. Bev’s third novel, Hot Fudge Sundae Blues, was selected by The New York Pubic Library for inclusion in Books for the Teen Age 2006 as one of the best novels published in the previous year.
Bev serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, is the co-founder of the St. Tammany Parish Writers Group and the Southeastern Louisiana University Writers Group. She is currently writer-in-residence at Southeastern Louisiana University and frequently conducts seminars and workshops for writers groups and colleges.
Bev lives with her husband Butch in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, just down the road from a caged live alligator that serves as one of the town’s tourists’ attractions. Bev Marshall