Structural Engineer / Grad Student at the Vermont College of Fine Arts /YA Author
Saving Maddie (Delacorte, 2010)
My Life As a Rhombus (Flux, 2008)
A Red Polka Dot in a World Full of Plaid (Genesis Press, 2005)
Three Words That Describe Varian
Varian’s Writing Style
Hmm…I’m still trying to figure it out. It seems every book brings its own set of unique challenges. The only consistent thing about my writing style is that I usually don’t figure out who my characters are and what they want until halfway through the first draft. Once I figure this out, I start all over again.
Brown Bookshelf Role
Papa Techie. The Brown Bookshelf is a great example of a group of folks who know just enough about technology to be dangerous. I do my best to keep us and the site tethered to the new millennium. I try to keeps our pages clean and links functional, and can figure out some of the kinks in WordPress when necessary.
Paula says I’m like the head of our little family, providing the last word on best practices when it comes to the many moving parts it takes to keep our machine running. But really, I just do what she tells me to do!
What You Don’t Know About Varian…
My next novel, Saving Maddie (Delacorte, 2010), is the first novel that I’ve written that features a male as the main character.
During my second semester at Vermont College, my advisor, Rita Williams-Garcia, forced me to write a picture book. How the edge YA writer wrote a picture book, I don’t know, but I’m actually pretty proud of it. Maybe I’ll try to get it published one day.
When I first moved to Austin, other writers would mistake me for Don Tate.
The only English class I took in college was Technical Writing.
I have a twin brother. Although he’s not a writer, I hope he gives it a try one day. I think he’d be pretty good at it.
I hate, hate, hate text messaging. My thumbs just aren’t made for it.
Praise for Varian’s Work
“Realistic and nuanced.” — KLIATT on My Life As a Rhombus
“A sensitive and powerful friendship story. Realistic and heartfelt.” -Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize on Rhombus
A Red Polka Dot in World Full of Plaid was a March 2006 Essence Magazine Best Seller