And I'm back again today, to share this interview with author Bev Varnado to discuss her journey to publication.
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Award-winning Southern writer, Beverly Varnado, is a novelist, screenwriter, and blogger who writes to give readers hope in the redemptive purposes of God.
She has written a nonfiction memoir as well as several novels and screenplays, one of which was a finalist for the prestigious Kairos Prize in Screenwriting. Her work is also included in several anthologies and periodicals. As an artist, her work was recently chosen for exhibit at a State University gallery.
She lives in Georgia with her husband, Jerry, and their chocolate Aussiedor who is outnumbered by several cats. Beverly is Mom to three children and Mimi to two grandchildren.
Read her weekly blog One Ringing Bell, peals of words on faith, living, writing, and art at oneringingbell.blogspot.com. Also catch her at www.BeverlyVarnado.com , on her Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/BeverlyVarnadoAuthor, Twitter @VarnadoBeverly, or Beverly Varnado on Instagram.
Learn more at www.BeverlyVarnado.com or visit her weekly blog, OneRingingBell.blogspot.com.
Connie’s Coffee and Cones is thriving, and owner Connie Spencer is right on track to realize her dream of expanding into a catering business. She believes she owes her success to her remarkable ability to plan. In fact, she has a plan for everything. At least, she thought she did—until Michael Cole appears in Worthville.
Michael has an agenda of his own—and a competing business—that threatens to derail everything Connie hopes for professionally. And if that isn’t enough, Michael carries a secret that could cause a backlash for both of them. So, why does she find herself attracted to him? When an accident on a rain-slicked highway leaves Michael temporarily incapacitated, Connie is presented with a dilemma she never saw coming—helping the man she’s falling for, or moving ahead with her meticulous plans.
As life spirals out of her control and Connie faces losing everything, she questions whether her plans are enough. But if hers aren’t, whose are? As she searches for the answer, she learns she must come to terms with her deepest hurt in order to embrace a higher plan for her future.
Who are you and what do you write?
I am a novelist, screenwriter and blogger, with three other novels in print, and a script which has been under option for a film. My work appears in several anthologies, and I have written for an international devotional magazine as well as several other periodicals and online sites. I am married to Jerry, and am Mom to three and Mimi to two.
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
My passion for writing began at eight when I published my first magazine, which I sold door to door for a nickel. I also received a long awaited present of a journal for my birthday that year. The magazine folded in the first week, but the journal writing continues to the present day.
So, though I’ve written since I was a child, it wasn’t until about twenty years ago, I began to sense God wanted me to devote more time to my writing and seek publication. I initially worked in non-fiction, but God led me to write a novel, which at the time, felt a bit like walking on water since I had always thought of writing fiction as doing the impossible. But somehow, through a lot of prayer and God’s help, I did it. Multiple novels later, I’m still at it.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
I won a book deal in a writing competition for Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees, which was a semi-finalist for Operation First Novel. My script for this story was a Kairos Prize finalist and was under option for a film. I then indie-published Home to Currahee―a novel I wanted to dedicate to my father. He was in declining health, but blessedly, he saw it in print a short time before he died. A couple of years ago a publisher contracted for a non-fiction book, Faith in the Fashion District, and at the same time I received a contract from Anaiah Press for The Key to Everything followed by the current release A Plan for Everything.
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
I, of course, love the creative part of writing. I can write thousands of words at one sitting, but the editing process is more tedious for me, and I have to manage it in small doses.
Would you go back and change anything?
I think there are always things we wish could have been different, but I trust that every step of the way God has used my successes as well as my disappointments for his purposes.
What are your plans for the future?
I am working on the next book in the series, A Christmas story, called A Season for Everything. The main character in this book, Catherine, is from the first book in the series, A Key to Everything.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
God’s word says we are created in God’s image. God was an artist and so are we. Mac Nair Wilson, a former Disney imagineer advises, “If you don’t do you, God’s plan is incomplete because you’re the only one who can do you.” I believe one of the most important aspects of writing is that we wake to the purpose of God, that we seek Him first in our life, and do what we alone can uniquely do and not copycat someone else’s work. Paul wrote, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).
And, most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? Ketchup
Night or Day? Day
Inside or Outside? Outside
Dogs or Cats? Toss-up. Have one dog and three cats.
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook
Ebook or Paperback? Paperback
Sun or Rain? Sun
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? Both
Comedy or Drama? Comedy
Chips or Chocolate? Chips
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