Don't let Beverly's two degrees in finance from Eastern Illinois University and DePaul University fool you---she's far more interested in words than numbers. The Lord moved in Beverly's life to reveal her true love for the written word when He placed her in an investment consulting position in Chicago whereby she discovered that writing quarterly investment reports was by far her favorite part of the job. She left the business world to be a stay-at-home mom for her two children in the western Chicago suburbs, and now that they're teenagers, she's been blessed to have re-entered the workforce as a commercial writer for local businesses as well as a freelance editor for a midsize publisher of romantic fiction. Beverly is also a published novelist under the penname Nicki Elson. She describes her writing as mainstream women-centered fiction infused with a Catholic world view, and so she's thrilled to have discovered the Catholic Fiction site and looks forward to reading many great stories in her capacity as a reviewer.