Beatriz is the third of four children born of Ramon Pimentel and Beatriz Viney in Caracas, Venezuela. Her parents married young, spent nineteen years trying to make it work and got divorced when she was eleven. Beatriz senior moved to Newton, Massachusetts with the three girls where they attended school and college, while the men, Ramon senior and junior, stayed in Venezuela. Four years after the divorce, Beatriz Viney married Floyd Scholz a master bird carver from Rochester, Vermont. Beatriz (a.k.a.) Bea, graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Boston College and returned to Venezuela to work with her family in real estate management. Five years later, she quit and began her career as a writer by attending the Bread Loaf School of English of Middlebury College and finished her Master’s in Art. She has studied in Juneau, Alaska, Oxford, England and Middlebury, Vermont through the Bread Loaf program. She lives in Caracas, Venezuela, is happily married and is mother to two young girls that keep her busy and happy.
FROM THE AUTHOR
Writing is a release for me,
“My way of unburdening myself of the many and oftentimes contradictory thoughts that fill me to the brink. By writing I get to know myself better and see the world with more clarity. It is compulsory and as essential to me as sleeping.”
Everything that I write originates from reality.
“The idea of a series, my characters’ personalities, the unexpected cure to an injury… all of it.”
I have always loved being a middle child but struggled with being a girl
“Because of the double standard, especially in the Venezuelan society. The struggle to do away with the traditional roles of men and women is often an underlying theme in my stories.”
I am in love with the messiness of life
“The stains on my children’s play clothes, the chipping paint of an old barn, my father’s male chauvinistic personality, used furniture that can be rearranged in new ways, my mother’s old party gowns, a field of wildflowers. I get lost in the imperfections.”
Several things have made a great impact on my life:
“My parents’ divorce, our move to the United States, my stepfather Floyd Scholz and being a mother. These are moments and people that have marked me and made me a better person.”
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A beautifully paced and structured mystery; moving and sophisticated.
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