I had the privilege of interviewing Verna Simms on Saturday. Verna is 93; last year, she published her first novel, Water Under the Bridge. Is she content with just one book? Absolutely not. Verna says her next book will be her memoir.
How did the inequality that women faced affect Verna? Watch this short (a minute or so long) video clip to find out...
Is Verna plagued by writer's block? Click on the video below to find out.
Who is Verna's mentor, when it comes to authors? Watch the next video clip...
What came first for Verna, the plot or the characters? Find out when you view the next clip.
I wondered what inspired Verna to write this book. Most women her age would be sitting in a rocking chair and knitting. In the video below, Verna explains what drove her to write her novel.
What does Verna tell her internal critic? Find it out by watching the clip.
What do Amazon customers say about Verna's novel? Here is one review:
Water Under the Bridge, by Verna Simms, has a host of compelling characters. Readers will love some of them, and a few they will hate. The story is set in the 1930s when women had neither a voice nor choice. Main character, feisty preteen, Amelia Hall takes readers on her family's unforgettable journey. The characters come to life on the page. They will stay with me long after closing the book, which I did today. What an adrenaline rush and climactic ending. Rousing applause for this book!
I confess, I went to Verna's house with a resolve to not buy a book. My bookcase is bursting at the seams, I have a stack of books to read, and so on and so on. I left that afternoon with a book in my hand and a few bucks poorer--Verna was that compelling and that gifted of a salesperson.
Be persistent and don't give up. Be productive. And be a book-buyer--purchase Verna's book.