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.