Beverley East is a Jamaican handwriting expert / Forensic Document Examiner and an author. She was educated in London and has lived in Washington D.C. for the last 25 years. She is a proud mother of a 20 year Honor Role Business economist student. Her work has taken her all over the world, including Bahrain, Japan most of Europe and the United States and the Caribbean. She currently lives between Jamaica, Washington D.C. and London.
Can you tell me a little about your professional background?
I love the work I do as a handwriting expert/ Forensic Document Examiner and author.
1. I examine documents and signatures that are forged or are questionable. Often I am an expert witness in court
2. I also look at individual’s handwriting to determine personality and profiles.
3. I assist the media and the police in profiling criminals.
4. I train various institutions in Forensic Document Examination – Bank managers, Tellers and insurance companies and the Police.
Why did you decide to write your books and tell me about them?
The first book “Finding Mr. Write – a New Slant on Selecting Perfect Mate” was a marketing tool to show how relevant handwriting analysis was to daily life. It became a best seller and changed the profile of my company Strokes & Slants.
My second book was a personal story - I wanted readers to be informed of the 1957 Kendal train Crash which happened in Jamaica. “Reaper of Souls” reveals a very important part of Jamaica’s history that has not been addressed.
My Third book is about my childhood growing up in London in the 50′s while maintaining my Jamaican culture through strict up bringing of my parents I was also taken care of and loved by four childless Jewish sisters. “Bat Mitzvah Girl – Memories of a Jamaican Child” is a journey of the blending of two families and two cultures in the mid 50′s.
What are your interests?
I love to entertain, I love old black and white movies, I am an avid swimmer (3 miles a week,) I am a book lover I read a book a week when I am not writing.
I am a news junkie, but more importantly pop culture (because it keeps me connected to the younger generation). I recently spent about 3 hours watching Nicki Minaj videos, I am inspired by young people succeeding. I also love most types of music.
What is your mantra?
Tomorrow is another day!!! or If Harriet can I can.
Who do you admire?
Most of the people I admire are in my family.
My cousin Valerie Tomlin - who has been a trail blazer long before I knew that word.
My sister who has kept me on the straight and narrow.
Winnie Mandela - Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu for their grace
Jennifer Loud – and Becky Singleton – both women are extremely sick but get on with their lives not defining themselves through their illnesses and defying the medical books.
I like rebels like Grace Jones and Bette Midler.
Warren Weir - who came from 5th place and took the Bronze medal. It was a given than Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake would beat the Americans but Warren Weir fresh out of the starting blocks never competed on an international level filled me with such pride to be Jamaican.
This is my short list I could go on…….
How do you keep going when motivation and / or inspiration is waning?
Must always take a leap of Faith.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”…. Martin Luther King
Sometimes we stifle our own dreams because we are too busy looking at all the challenges, rather than feeling blessed for what you already have and just moving forward.
Any new happenings you care to share?
- This year my third book Bat mitzvah Girl will be out so I will be on book tour
- This year I have been training the Jamaican Police Force in Questioned Document Examination- which has allowed me to go to Jamaica every month
- This year I was retained by a company in Brazil – to analyze handwriting samples of 1,000 people for a new factory before they were hired.
Where can we find you?
Website: www.writeanalysis.com or www.suspectsignatures.com
Online store: www.ThebatmitzvahGirl.com
Blog: Reading your Writes.wordpress.com
Facebook: Beverley East