I’m a Finalist for an Indiana Authors Award!

The last writing award I won was in 4th grade. I wrote a story about a boy who stumbled upon a pair of flying shoes that he wore, flew into the heavens, and met Thor.  It won honorable mention in the county writing competition.

My first two books have been well-received, and launched my career as a writer, but they’ve yet to win me any awards.  Sure, if the publishing world had a superlative category, I would definitely have a good shot at, “Most likely to go anywhere, in search of anything.” But no actual awards, yet.

That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that I’m an Emerging Author Finalist for the 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, alongside Tricia Fields and Mike Mullin. On October 26th, I’ll attend the award dinner where Michael Martone will receive the National Author prize and James H. Madison will receive the Regional Author prize, and the winner of the Emerging Author prize will be announced.

Winners win actual cash! Wow! But the coolest part is that the Library Foundation of Indiana will grant each winners’ hometown library $2,500. And if you don’t know it, I kind of love libraries.

As they say, I’m honored to be nominated, and in such fine company, too. Truly.

I’m not sure if it’s customary to dedicate an award nomination, but this one goes out to Amilcar, Nari, Ai, Dewan, Zhu Chun, Arifa, Juan, Michael, Flor, Felipe, Mr. Feng, and all of the others around the world who have let me into their lives and shared their amazing stories.

I’m just the writer from Indiana, and I’m absolutely honored to share their stories and to be nominated for this award.

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