Becky Mushko

My new website is


My bio is at


This site will remain for a while. Meanwhile, visit the new site.


Where I'm coming from: I'm a retired teacher/freelance writer/children's writer who lives in Franklin County, Virginia, where I'm close to—but not on—Smith  Mountain Lake. I live 15 miles from the town of Rocky Mount, which made national headlines in the summer of 2004 when a bear wandered into Franklin Memorial Hospital. In June 2007, a guy drove his F-150 into the Confederate soldier statue in front  of the court house and demolished the entire statue. In November 2007, my tombstone was stolen from my family cemetery.


In mid-May, I appeared on "Cover to Cover," the Blue Ridge Regional Library's cable show on BTW21. My episode (#98) is here.


Read my blog or a sample of "Peevish Advice."




Contact me.




Becky Mushko's former website



On August 7, 2008, I learned that I won the 2008 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest's "Vile Pun" Division with this dreadful sentence:


Vowing to get revenge on his English teacher for making him memorize Wordsworth’s “Intimations of Immortality,”  Warren decided to pour sugar in her gas tank, but he inadvertently grabbed a sugar substitute so it was actually Splenda in  the gas.


The view from my study window: the Peaks of Otter