MESSENGER is the story of a mysterious old woman who delivers life-changing messages to seemingly random people all over New York City and Alana, a young journalist determined to uncover Messenger’s story. Who is this mysterious old woman? Why does she give people messages? How does she know what to put in the message? In the surprise ending, Alana discovers what their journey together is really all about and meanwhile there’s a love story brewing at Starbucks. (Ha-ha!) Author Liz Whitehurst emphasizes that everyone can be a messenger. We all have the ability to affect one another’s lives. And it will take all of us to create a swerve — make a change that goes against the tide. Most of all, random acts of kindness do add up. Follow this unlikely band of change agents, who’ll break through your perceptions and help to rethink modern spirituality. Liz will discuss the process of creating a book in podcast form and how dozens of people who’ve listened to Messenger contributed their own stories of life changing messages they’ve received. Drop In w/us! Author Bio: Liz Keller Whitehurst is the author of the forthcoming debut novel, MESSENGER, and author/creator of the serial podcast MESSENGER: A NOVEL IN 16 EPISODES, which she launched in 2020. Her short stories have appeared in many literary magazines and journals, including Gargoyle, The Portland Review, Five Fingers Review and Nimrod International Journal. She was a finalist in Nimrod International Journal’s Short Story Competition. She earned an MA in English from The University of Virginia. In addition to fiction writing, Liz has spent her professional life writing and teaching. She’s done corporate, non-profit and freelance writing and has taught English and writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Her last teaching post was co-leading a memoir writing class at the city jail. Though an Ohioan by birth, Liz grew up in Winchester, Virginia and has lived her adult life in Richmond, Virginia. She shares her current 1891 home, located in one of Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods, with her husband. Her second-floor writing desk overlooks the James River.
Liz Keller Whitehurst’s short stories have been published in a dozen literary magazines and journals. She was a finalist in Nimrod International Journal’s Short Story Competition. MESSENGER is her first novel/podcast. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and spends her professional life as a writer and teacher. She has done corporate, non-profit and free-lance writing and has taught English and writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond and J.Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Her last teaching experience was a memoir writing class at the city jail. She lives in Richmond, VA. Liz is herself, a change-maker: Find out how the seeds of a novel take shape, how to turn it into a recorded podcast with voice talent, (Rachel Pater), and what happens when you turn your ideas loose on the world. A special Christmas Day broadcast that will warm hearts and inspire you. Happy Holidays to one and all, and don’t forget to Drop In with us!Leave a comment for radio show guests