Becky Mushko's Bio
Since 2002, she has also participated in several bookfests in Bedford, Franklin, Pittsylvania, and Hanover Counties. A three-time winner of the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest and a five-time winner of the Lonesome Pine Short Story Contest, she was nominated for a 1997 Pushcart Prize for "Angel on Ice," which appeared in THEMA's Jogging on Ice issue and is republished in the Kindle e-book, Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories.
Photo by Linda Layne, Hanover Book Festival 2009
For over 10 years, she wrote a humor column, "Peevish Advice," which first appeared in Blue Ridge Traditions (from 1998-2004) and then the Smith Mountain Eagle (from 2004 through 2008). Occasionally—but rarely—she makes appearances as her character, Ida B. Peevish of Ida's Salon of Beauty & Live Bait Shop.
In addition to Ferradiddledumday and Stuck (her two books from Cedar Creek Publishing), she has self-published/POD-published five books of regional interest: Patches on the Same Quilt, Peevish Advice, More Peevish Advice, The Girl Who Raced Mules & Other Stories, and Where There's A Will.
She has also published e-book versions of her novels, Stuck and Patches on the Same Quilt, as well as e-book collections of her short stories: Rest in Peace (her three Sherwood Anderson winners), Over Coffee (five stories about awkward relationships), The Best 'Un Yet (five Christmas stories) and Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories.
Her articles, book reviews, poems, or stories have appeared in Vol. II & III of Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Prime Living ("Blogging to Adventure" is online), THEMA, Blue Ridge Traditions, Virginia Adversaria, several volumes of the Poet's Domain series, Roanoke Times' Christmas Memories, A Cup of Comfort for Writers (Adams Media, 2007), It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (Friday Project, 2007), Leisure Publishing's 2008 Smith Mountain Lake Visitor's & Newcomers Guide, and the Lake Writers 2013 anthology—Voices from Smith Mountain Lake. A 2008 Prime Living article about her is here.
She became interested in genealogy a few years ago and has a blog, The Naces of Lithia, about the Nace side of her family in Botetourt County.
She is available for readings, presentations, and workshops. Some presentations she's done include these: