Writer #11433
Greeneville, TN
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When Velma began dreaming of being a writer, she was in the fourth grade and she was thinking best-selling novel. While that remains a possibility, her writing reality has been much more prosaic.

After spending a number of years in the banking and finance field, she found a writing job with her hometown newspaper when she and her son returned home after enjoying the adventures of life in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia. The staff at the paper was fun and the work enjoyable, so Velma settled down in the Living/Lifestyles department.

Her work expanded to editing, beginning with the Wednesday food section, ACCENT. Her time with the newspaper has included producing a very popular weekly column called "New Neighbors/Back Home" and the joy of getting to know people from all over the county (and sometimes beyond). When the Living/Lifestyles editor retired, Velma was promoted into the position at the end of 1995.

Over the years, she has become an authority on wedding dresses, veils and cakes, as well as anniversaries, birthdays and life's celebrations. Her beat has covered local theater, music, art, books, museums, country breakfasts, Lord's Acre Sales and whatever or where ever Living is happenin'.

Velma's writing and section have been included in numerous state-level awards, from first place state-level feature writing honors on down to a fifth place, including a state-level, second-place award in March 2015 in multi-media for an intensely researched article on the local men who perished aboard the U.S.S. Sultana in an explosion on the Mississippi River on April 27, 1865.

Outside her newspaper work, Velma has dabbled in freelance writing and photography and has been published by several magazines and online sites. As a journalist, she considers that, with a little research, she can write about most everything.

She looks forward to the opportunity to meet the needs of the clients of Writer Access while turning some spare time into extra change for a long-dreamed of trip.


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With her newspaper job, Velma has covered community theater as well as professional shows that have appeared at the performing arts center or Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. She loves concerts of a wide variety of music, and personally knows performers in several genres. She loved meeting the elderly Betty Lynn, who played Barney's girlfriend Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show" and interviewing Lewis Grizzard as well as other artists as they have come through the Northeast Tennessee area.


Since travel can be as near as the next state or as exotic as a boat trip on the Amazon River, Velma has written so many articles on locations and fun things to do that she has completely lost count. The joy of exploring new places is at the top of Velma's makes-me-happy list. She's canoed in the Okefenokee Swamp, taken photos of an overabundance of bears in Alberta, Canada, and tent camped with the lighted faces on Mount Rushmore visible from her site. She has had travel articles and photographs published in her own newspaper, a number of magazines and online sites.


Part of any newspaper's "women's section" will naturally include fashion, pageants, hair, nails, dresses, attire, cosmetics and all things frilly. Velma has written about all items dear to the hearts of women for years, both at the newspaper and some online sites.

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Product Description

Some of Velma's online writing has been for catalogs of lighting fixtures and household accessories and likely others she has forgotten. This is an area she especially enjoys.

Blog Post

Velma has had two personal blogs -- one about a hundred-year-old farmhouse she purchased and another about her beloved pets. She discovered that while it seemed to her that her animals are endlessly fascinating, it was not true that their antics were enough to keep even her interested for an extended period of time.

While writing her own blogs did not produce income, she has produced a number of blog posts with one of the online companies for which she writes.


"A Little About Rocks" impressed Velma's elementary school friends when her article was published in the local newspaper. She wrote long even then. At that time she could not know she would be writing thousands of articles for her local paper, several magazines and online writing sites.

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