Today, I am pleased to welcome award winning author, Beverly Varnado, to Interviews & Reviews.
Beverly 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.
Beverly, welcome to Interviews & Reviews!
What is the central theme of A Plan for Everything?
Connie Spencer, the protagonist in A Plan for Everything struggles with being a control freak, so the major them is surrender.
What inspired you to write this book?
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 in A Plan for Everything 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.
Sounds intriguing! Do you have any other books in the works?
I am currently working on a Christmas book which will be a sequel to A Plan for Everything called A Season for Everything, also set in Worthville, Georgia.
What authors have inspired you?
Jan Karon has been a huge influence in my writing and at one point we exchanged letters. A couple of my favorite writers are Georgia Writers―historical fiction author, Eugenia Price, and journalist and novelist Celestine Sibley. I often have a copy of Madeleine L’engle’s lovely book on creativity, Walking on Water, near me. Besides the Bible, C.S. Lewis and Oswald Chambers have been the greatest influences in my spiritual walk.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
I consider the time readers spend in my books very valuable, and I never take that for granted. I hope they find encouragement and hope as they read.
Thank you for stopping by today Beverly! You can follow Beverly on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VarnadoBeverly and sign up for her newsletter at www.beverlyvarnado.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.
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