With the release of Virginia Smith’s latest book, I have decided to feature Ginny all week on my blog.  Ginny is one of my critique partners and even better, I call her a friend. She is a delight and if you haven’t read her books yet, you will want to add them to your Christmas list for sure! In fact, with all this winter weather blowing around…don’t wait for Christmas! Go get a Virginia Smith book now!



virginia-smith-headshot.jpgVirginia Smith is a writer of humorous novels, a speaker, and an avidscuba diver. She left her twenty-year career as a corporate director in thesummer of 2006 to launch her career as a writer. Since that time she hasreceived contracts for eight novels. She writes in two genres:contemporary fiction and mysteries.

Bluegrass Peril (December 2007)is her third release, following Just As I Am (February 2006), andMurder by Mushroom (August 2007).Bluegrass Peril, her second mystery, Ginny gives readers an insidelook at Kentucky’s thoroughbred industry. Her research for this book included trips to the Breeder’s Cup, Keeneland Race Track, visits to Kentucky thoroughbred breeding farms, interviews with professionals in the racing industry, and several days at Old Friends, a retirement farmfor stallions located in Georgetown, Kentucky. “One look at the fantastic athletes at Old Friends and I knew I wanted to feature them in a book,” Smith says.Ginny’s speaking ability, groomed through years of presenting dry material to bored corporate employees, has been described as entertaining, yet spiritually encouraging.’ “She keeps her audience enthralled through her high-energy presentation,” according to Pastor Amy Barkman, director of Voice Of Joy Ministries.

Ginny has published articles in a variety of magazines, and her short fiction has been anthologized. She maintains an active membership in several professional organizations, including Christian Writers Fellowship International, and American Christian Fiction Writers. She also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Authors Network.

When she isn’t writing or speaking, Ginny and her husband, Ted, enjoy exploring the extremes of nature – snow skiing in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, motorcycle riding on the curvy roads in central Kentucky, and scuba diving in the warm waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. www.VirginiaSmith.org


Bluegrass Peril

by Virginia Smith