Becky Mushko—retired middle school teacher, retired adjunct English instructor at Ferrum College, and 2006-07 writer-in-residence for Roanoke County Schools—now writes juvenile literature. For over 10 years, she wrote a humor column, "Peevish Advice," that first appeared in Blue Ridge Traditions and then the Smith Mountain Eagle.
Born in Roanoke, Becky Mushko has lived in Richmond, VA; Newport News, VA; Lanesboro, MA; and Charleston, SC. She received her BFA in Drama Education from VCU (when it was still RPI) and her MAT in English Education from The Citadel. She's also taken graduate classes at UVA, Radford, and High Point College.
Becky participates in several reading or writing-related clubs: a critique group for children's writers, the Virginia Writers Club, Lake Writers, Valley Writers ( the Roanoke Valley Branch of the American Pen Women , and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She serves on the Franklin County Library Board of Trustees, the Virginia Writers Club Board of Govenors for 20092011, and co-chairs both the Lake Writers Essay Contest for Young People and the Roanoke Valley Pen Women's Scholarship Contest. She was a panelist on the "Local Fiction" panel for the 2006 Roanoke Valley Bookfest and has participated in bookfests in Bedford, Franklin, and Hanover Counties. Winner of several writing contests, she was once nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Her humor column, "Peevish Advice," appeared monthly in Blue Ridge Traditions--from 1998 until 2004 and twice a month in the Smith Mountain Eagle--from 2004 through 2008. She has self-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. Her latest book is Ferradiddledumday, published by Cedar Creek Publishing in 2010.
Her articles, book reviews, poems, or stories have appeared in 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), and Leisure Publishing's 2008 Smith Mountain Lake Visitors & Newcomers Guide. She also regularly writes a blog, Peevish Pen.
Becky lives in Penhook, Virginia, with her husband, horses, dogs, and cats. Her hobbies include attending writers' conferences, walking her farms with her dogs, trail riding (she owns an elderly racking mare and a teen-age TWH), blogging, living frugally, and reading—especially Southern writers and Appalachian writers. A Prime Living article about her is here.
She is available for readings and workshops.