Interview

Interview with Beverly Varnado

Happy Monday! I hope you had an awesome weekend.

I’m chatting with Beverly Varnado today about her January release, A Plan for Everything. Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and chat with us!


Interview

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Toni: Welcome, Beverly! I’m so excited to talk to you. Tell us a little about your story.

Beverly: 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.

Toni: Oh my goodness! That sounds so good. What would be the verse that fits your story and why?

Beverly: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord . . . “ (Jeremiah 29:11).  It is this verse that serves as a challenge in the story.

Toni: That’s been a favorite verse of mine. What message do you hope readers will get out of reading your story?

Beverly: If readers struggle with trying to control every little detail as I have at times, I hope they find hope in Connie’s journey.

Toni: Amen to that! Who would you cast to play the characters in your book?

Beverly: Okay, I think I’ll transcend any actual time constrictions and choose Doris Day to play Connie Spencer and Rock Hudson to play Michael Cole.

Toni: I love that! They had some entertaining movies! Why should a reader choose your books if this is the first time they’ve heard of you?

Beverly: My husband is a pastor, so we often have to deal with a lot of sadness because of the hard losses others go through. I hope in my books, people who are going through grief or hard times, can find a message, but also a respite and a joy.

Toni: Those are so needed! Now, let’s talk a little about you. What is your writing process like?

Beverly: My writing process is more organic than linear. I never write a book chronologically. Because I also write screenplays, I tend to write in scenes. So, if a scene near the end of the book comes to mind, I write that and make adjustments later.

Toni: How cool! When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Beverly: I’ve written since I was a child, but about twenty years ago, I began to sense that God wanted me to devote more time to my writing. 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.

Toni: I’m so glad you listened to Him! Now, what’s a normal writing day like for you?

Beverly: If I’m working on a new story, I try to write 1,000 words a day. If I’m editing, I still try to also be creating, so that I don’t get dragged down by the nitty gritty details. I’m an artist, so I try to make time to paint as well.

Toni: I wish I could paint! Do you like coffee or tea?

Beverly: Coffee

Toni: That seems to be a fan favorite. Chocolate or candy?

Beverly: Candy

Toni: My oldest would say the same thing. Beaches or mountains?

Beverly: Beaches.

Toni: Yes! What’s your favorite holiday?

Beverly: I think it’s tied between Easter and Christmas.

Toni: Great choices! It’s been a pleasure. Readers, do you have any questions for Beverly?


About the Author

Award winning author, Beverly Varnado, is a novelist, screenwriter, and blogger. A Plan for Everything is her second full length novel through Anaiah Press. She’s also the author of A Key to Everything. She has also written Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees which was a semifinalist in Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel, and Home to Currahee.

Her work is included in several anthologies including the recently released, Christmas Moments and Short and Sweet series. Her screenplays have been finalists for both the Kairos Prize and the Gideon Film Festival Competition. She currently has a screenplay in pre-production with Elevating Entertainment.

She lives in Georgia with her family and a chocolate aussiedor named Lucy who is outnumbered by several cats.

Learn more at www.BeverlyVarnado.com or visit her weekly blog, OneRingingBell.blogspot.com.

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About the Book

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.

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