I’m so pleased to welcome Beverly Varnado to my blog today talking about her latest release. A Plan for Everything.
Q: Where is your book A Plan for Everything set? And why did you pick your genre to write in?
Beverly: A Plan for Everything is set in Worthville, Georgia. It’s a fictional town, but I hope it captures the heart of small-town America. I had written in another genre but have always enjoyed watching rom-com movies. So, I thought maybe I ought to try my hand at writing one.
Melony: Oh, I am with you on the rom-com thing, love them!~
Q: Tell me about your main characters.
Beverly: 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 turned 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.
Michael Cole is an underdog. I hope readers are motivated to root for him as he faces so many challenges in the book and deals with his own set of disappointments.
Q: Where is your happy place when you write? Indoors, outdoors, office, coffee shop?
Beverly: I love writing in my office, which is actually a sunroom. Perched at my desk, I have a portal to nature. Woodpeckers, cardinals, chipmunks, one chocolate Aussiedor, and three cats distract me as I write. No wonder some critter usually finds its way into my writing.
Melony: That sounds lovely!
Q: What are you working on now?
Beverly: 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 also from A Key to Everything.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. With foamy lattes in-hand, she writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Watch for her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep, out in Jan 2020. Though she has no hobbies outside of reading, writing, and eating chocolate, she is a member of ACFW and teaches seniors in her community to write their memoirs. She confesses with no shame that she has a strong belief that pumpkin pie is an acceptable breakfast food since it’s mostly vegetables. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in the melting pot that is Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats who think they’re humans.