Please join us in congratulating featured client Vivian Lawry! An author of truly diverse talents, Vivian has had short stories, memoirs, academic articles, and poetry published in over thirty prestigious periodicals, including The Alembic, Art Times, and North Atlantic Review. She has also written a highly acclaimed novel, Dark Harbor: A Chesapeake Bay Mystery, available from iUniverse. Vivian is a very warm person with the ability to always brighten our day, and we couldn’t be more proud to feature her work! (Click to watch her video.)
In Vivian Lawry’s Own Words
Writer’s Relief has been central to my writing life. Their familiarity with writing markets has freed me to write memoir, memoir-based fiction, magical realism, mysteries, experimental fiction—to go wherever my creative muse leads me—without worrying about my target publications. And having work due every two months has kept me productive.
Writing is never easy, but it is especially difficult when life gets on top of you. When a death in the family and my daughter’s eight-week hospitalization left me no time to polish new work, my team at Writer’s Relief helped identify work on-hand suitable to resubmit.
For me, writing is the core of being intellectually alive. Every time a story is accepted, I feel as though someone has pasted a gold star on my creative soul. All those acceptances would never have happened without Writer’s Relief.
About Vivian Lawry
Vivian Lawry is Appalachian by birth and a social psychologist by training. Her short story “Good Works” won the Sandra Brown Short Fiction Award for 2004. She is co-author of Dark Harbor: A Chesapeake Bay Mystery. She lives and writes near Richmond, Virginia, where she is a charter member of James River Writers and the Central Virginia Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She served as president of the chapter Tell Tale Heart in 2011 and 2012.
Her works in progress include Tiger Heart, the second Chesapeake Bay Mystery, and Nettie’s Books, a literary novel set in the Allegheny Highlands between 1930 and 1935.
Vivian has combined her twin loves of teaching and writing by conducting writing workshops for academics, elementary school children, and adults.
Her short work has appeared or is forthcoming in more than thirty literary magazines and anthologies: Alembic, Apalachee Review, Art Times, The Binnacle, Chelsea, The Chrysalis Reader, The Clackamas Review, The Connecticut Review, descant, The Dos Passos Review, The Distillery, Drumvoices, Happy, The Hurricane Review, Licking River Review, Lullwater Review, North Atlantic Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Oregon East, Phoebe, RE:AL, Post Road, Reflections Literary Journal, RiverSedge, Seems, Studio One, Talking River Review, Virginia is for Murders (working title), Westview, Willard & Maple, Women of the Land, and Xavier Review.
Learn more about Vivian, see photos, read some of her stories, and buy her book here.