It has been a wild but wonderful several weeks. One of the reasons I haven’t posted much here lately is because I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of activity. The novel releasing next year is edited and on its way to the printer for Advanced Reader Copies for early reviewers and industry connections. That book–As Waters Gone By–is still many months away from release, but lives with me still every day, a book I pray will offer hope as well as an intriguing story.
The nonfiction that will release in 2015–Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Soul–is in its final stages of being written. The month of July, I’m doing very little other than focusing on getting this book right.
And contest season has been a wild ride, too.
In May, I was notified that both When the Morning Glory Blooms and Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices won Selah Awards in their individual categories from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference. What an honor!
In the middle of June, at the Golden Scroll Awards in Atlanta, Ragged Hope took second place honors in nonfiction from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and All My Belongings was awarded a Christian Authors Network Golden Scroll Award.
Two days later, at the International Christian Retailers Show in Atlanta, When the Morning Glory Blooms was graced with a Christian Retailing’s BEST Award for fiction and Ragged Hope won a Christian Retailing’s BEST Award for nonfiction!
I had the privilege of teaching a fiction workshop at the AWSA conference and emceeing their Saturday afternoon program. Then it was my honor to represent American Christian Fiction Writers at ICRS, which included coordinating a press conference for ACFW and hosting a Christian Fiction Trends Workshop, among other things.
Just as I was settling in back home again after being on the road, I received word that When the Morning Glory Blooms received Honorable Mention from the prestigious ForeWord Reviews IndieFab Awards at the American Library Association convention in Las Vegas! If you’d like to leave a comment for librarians about When the Morning Glory Blooms, here’s the link for that:
Abingdon Press–my publisher–received numerous recognitions at both ICRS and the American Library Association convention. An overflow of favor!
The awards sit not in front of me as I write, but behind me. The honors are a thrill, but are a constant reminder that it is God from whom all blessings flow. Please join me in praying that what comes from these recognitions will be an ever-expanding audience of readers waiting for the hope that hems these books.
Thank you, readers, for joining me on this exhilarating journey!