About the Author
Southern writer, Beverly Varnado, writes to give readers hope in the redemptive purposes of God. She has two novels in print, Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees and Home to Currahee. A recent nonfiction book, Faith in the Fashion District, is the story of how her life on Seventh Avenue launched a lifetime in ministry while helping readers discover God can use them right where they are. She also has a novel releasing in 2018, The Key to Everything. Among several periodicals that have carried articles about her, Southern Distinctions Magazine highlighted her in an editorial of Georgia Authors, and World Radio featured her work as a result of a blog series she did on her family’s 7,000-mile cross-country road trip one summer.
She has won numerous awards for her work including being a finalist for the prestigious Kairos Prize in Screenwriting, a finalist in screenwriting at the Gideon Media Arts Conference, a semifinalist in Christian Writer’s Guild Operation First Novel, and received several Writer’s Digest Honorable Mentions. She currently has a screenplay under option with Elevating Entertainment.
Her nonfiction has appeared regularly in The Upper Room Magazine, as well as ChristianDevotions.US and a Focus on the Family publication. Her work appears in several anthologies, Faith and Finance, Short and Sweet: Small Words for Big Thoughts, Short and Sweet Too, and Merry Christmas Moments.
She has over 700 posts on her blog at One Ringing Bell (http://bev-oneringingbell.blogspot.com) where you will find “peals of words on faith, living, writing, and art.” She has also been writer and editor at One Old Dawg: mostly true Bulldog lore, which chronicles her husband’s football experiences playing on legendary Coach Vince Dooley’s teams at the University of Georgia.
She graduated cum laude with a degree in art, and works as an artist recently exhibiting in a state university gallery.
In addition to speaking at civic clubs, churches, and book clubs across Georgia, her volunteer efforts have included twelve years teaching and leading worship in maximum-security prisons for women, President of the North Georgia Conference United Methodist Church Clergy Spouses, Lay Witness Mission Movement participant, University of Georgia Wesley Foundation board member, and vocalist in the Athens Symphony Chorus.
Conferences and writer’s events where Beverly has spoken include: The Harriet Austin Writer’s Conference, East Metro Atlanta Christian Writer’s, and an American Christian Fiction Writers’ chapter.
She lives in North Georgia with her husband, Jerry, and their chocolate Aussiedor who is outnumbered by several cats. She is the mother of three children and Mimi to two grandchildren.
Beverly Varnado has written Faith in the Fashion District, the story of how one woman’s life on Seventh Avenue launched a lifetime in ministry, and a new novel also releasing in 2018, The Key to Everything. Her novel, Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees, was a semi finalist for Operation First Novel and her script for this story was a finalist for the prestigious Kairos Prize in Screenwriting as well as several other awards. It is now under option for a film. She has also contributed to the Short and Sweet Series and Merry Christmas Moments. She is married to Jerry, her husband of thirty years, and is mother to three children, and Mimi to two grandchildren.