Beverly LeVere, author of Wildest Dreams
Beverly LeVere, a native of "The City of Brotherly Love," is a former fashion designer and a successful wedding and special events planner. She is a former student of The Weiss-Barron Acting Institute and The NYC Drama Guild. The author is also a lover of the arts and spends most of her spare time working with blind and visually-impaired persons.
Ms. LeVere has recently had to adjust to a lifestyle without sight as her vision has diminished over the last few years because of a rare eye disease called RP which limits her peripheral vision and will ultimately result in complete loss of vision. Her previous lifestyle of working at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve bank and sidelines in fashion, event planning, acting and world traveling has had to come to a halt as she adjusts to a new lifestyle with diminished vision.
Beverly remembers her father creating various fun-filled summer vacation adventures. Vacations (known today as - Staycations). Her father would take his four youngest children for picnics at the Philadelphia Fairmont Park, visits to all of the Philadelphia Historical sites and a rare day trip to the shore. Therefore, when school resumed in the Fall, Beverly's teacher asked all the students to write about their summer vacations. Some wrote about trips to other states, family reunions and the usual summer camps. When Beverly's teacher asked for volunteers to read their stories, Beverly's' hand was the first to go up. She told everyone that her father did not have a lot of time or money to travel far or to send his children to summer camp. With a little embellishment and gleam she proceeded to tell them of the many fascinating places right there in "The City of Brotherly Love." When Beverly finished her story the clapping of the hands and excitement in the eyes of her classmates and teacher let Beverly know that she could write anything. As Beverly matured and became more open-minded about life, her friends used to enjoy reading her romantic short stories and encouraged her to put them into a book. With the help of accessible technology she learned to use as a student at the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Chester, Pa., she was able to compile the book and get it published.
Beverly thought that her life was over when she started losing her sight. Her love of Fine Art and participation as a student of the Form in Art classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art showed her that she was capable of being creative in different ways. Also, when Beverly resumed her writing abilities and published her book it reminded her that "When one door closes, another door opens!"