Dravis is a retired newspaper publisher and career journalist who also hosted a Cable TV talk show. In addition, she's a celebrity interviewer and author of nine books, including her latest four e-books: "The Search for Bobby McGee," "Six-Pack of Fear," "Six-Pack of Blood" (with Barbara Watkins) and "Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and Other Hollywood Icons." Three are novels in print and e-book format: "1106 Grand Boulevard," "The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley" and "Millennium Babe: The Prophecy." Two others are nonfiction in print: "Dream Reachers" and "Dream Reachers II," collections of celebrity interviews (with Chase Von).
Dravis also wrote three short stories that were consistent best-sellers in the Amazon Shorts program and had short stories published in the anthologies "Every Child is Entitled to Innocence," "Sweet Sunshine," "Just Our Best Short Stories 2005." She recently finished her first full-length horror/paranormal book "Evil Voices" (unpublished at present).
She is the devoted mother of six (two are now angels), grandmother of nine, and has six great-grands and three great-great grands. Dravis, born in Hamilton, Ohio, is a California transplant: a decades-long resident of Silicon Valley, she currently resides in the Central Valley of California. She's a Kentucky Colonel, an honorary title bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky, featured in two Who's Who books and former San Jose (CA) Woman of Achievement. She's also a member of American Author Association (AAA) and Dames of Dialogue, a former member of Sigma Delta Chi and San Jose Newspaper Guild and is an Amazon and Midwest Books Reviewer.
Her most recent awards (with co-author Barbara Watkins) are from Dimi Nakov, producer/director of ZODIAC ENTERTAINMENT: DIRECTOR'S CHOICE/PARANORMAL/FEAR presented for "Six-Pack of Fear" and "BEST PARANORMAL/HORROR" presented for "Six-Pack of Blood." For "1106 Grand Boulevard" she also won TOP 20 BEST WOMEN'S FICTION from Heart Press and placed 9th in the 5th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SHORTY AWARDS (author division).
Betty is also working to promote Stem Cell Research, along with her daughter Mindy James whose son Seth suffered a spinal cord injury in a motocross practice race. Read Seth's story on the Internet at Bridges to Hope.
Another of Dravis's favorite things is interviewing; among those she has interviewed are the "living legend" actor/director/producer Clint Eastwood, country singer/actress Tanya Tucker, the late actress Jane Russell, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, the late San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, actresses/singers Katherin Kovin Pacino and Marissa Autumn, actor/producer/director Tony Tarantino and many more...the list keeps growing. Please see the Celebrity Section of her website.
Of writing, Betty always says, "It's exhilarating--like sliding down a rainbow with a huge smile on my face, filled with love for the whole of God's magnificent creation." She laughs as she adds: "Yeah...and marketing is like trudging through a field of 'chewed' bubblegum on a hot, sticky day." :-)