Meet the Author: Beverly Varnado

My guest today is Beverly Varnado, author of the contemporary Christian romance, A Plan for Everything. Beverly, I am so pleased to have you join me today. Let’s start by telling us a little bit about yourself.

I am a novelist, screenwriter, and blogger who writes to give readers hope in the redemptive purposes of God. I’ve written a nonfiction memoir as well as several novels and screenplays, one of which was a finalist for the Kairos Prize in Screenwriting. I also have pieces in anthologies and periodicals. I’m an artist, so when I’m not writing I’m working on a new painting. I live in Georgia with my husband, Jerry, and our chocolate Aussiedor who is outnumbered by several cats. I am Mom to three children and Mimi to two grandchildren.

What is your A Plan for Everything about?

Connie’s Coffee and Cones is thriving and owner Connie Spencer believes it’s because of her remarkable ability to plan. In fact, she thinks she has a plan for everything until Michael Cole appears in Worthville with an agenda of his own which threatens to derail all Connie hopes for professionally. Even so, Connie finds herself attracted to Michael, but the troubles mount as Michael carries a secret that could cause a backlash for them both. An accident on a rain slicked highway presents Connie with a dilemma she never saw coming and she begins to question if her plans are enough. As she searches for the answer, she must come to terms with her deepest hurt in order to embrace a higher plan for her future.

Who was your favorite character to create?

Connie Spencer showed up in the first book in this series, The Key to Everything. She was such an intriguing character, I wondered what her back story was. So I began to pursue that. My friend, Terry Kay, who wrote To Dance with the White Dog and The Valley of Light, both developed into Hallmark movies, says “We don’t write to tell a story. We write to discover a story.” The story I discovered when I began digging into Connie Spencer’s past was she carried a deep hurt―one that fueled so much of how she lived her life. This hurt is what brings her to a moment of decision.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family has always encouraged me. During the time I was struggling to be published, their belief in me never failed.

What book or author has inspired you the most?

Jan Karon’s Mitford series is at the top of the list. Jan Karon took the time to communicate with me at one point at the beginning of my writing journey and encouraged me to write, so she and her work will always be dear to me. I hope my readers can see a little of her influence in what I write. Karon has such an interesting personal story of perseverance despite overwhelming odds. I’d love to talk to her about what inspired her to keep pushing toward her dream of seeing At Home in Mitford published. I keep hoping I will meet her someday.

What’s next for you as an author?

I just received the exciting news that A Season for Everything, a Christmas novella I finished during the pandemic quarantine has been accepted and will release December 11. It is the third book in this series set in Worthville, Georgia.

Where can readers find you online?

My weekly blog, One Ringing Bell, peals of words on faith, living, writing, and art at oneringingbell.blogspot.com. Also at http://www.BeverlyVarnado.com , on my Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/BeverlyVarnadoAuthor, Twitter @VarnadoBeverly, or BeverlyVarnado on Instagram.

Beverly Varnado’s Contemporary Romance Novels:

A Key to Everything: https://amzn.to/3639f9p

Available on Amazon / FREE with Kindle Unlimited

A Plan for Everything  https://www.amazon.com/Plan-Everything-Beverly-Varnado-ebook/dp/B082WK758L/

Available on Amazon / FREE with Kindle Unlimited

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