Tuesday, June 12, 2007

This One's For Mom...

Not a bad way to end one week and begin another --

I won the Holt Medallion for Rescued by Mr. Right and the More than Magic Award for "Twelve Days" in Sugar and Spice. While I was super excited about the More than Magic Award (I was also a double finalist in two other categories in that award), it was the Holt that meant the most.

Not just because it was my first time entering. Not just because I won. But because Rescued by Mr. Right was the book that won.

That's the book, if you all remember, that I wrote while my mom was dying that takes place in the city where my parents met, that deals with a woman who took care of her parents until they died. It's sort of the story of how my grandparents met (my grandfather was a boarder at my grandmother's house). It is, in other words, the book of my heart. And the hardest book I ever had to write.

For that one to win an award that stands for Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent is...

Humbling and wonderful. I can only hope that Mom is looking down and seeing this, and hopefully sharing in my joy, because Mom, this one is for you.



  1. Congrats! That is so cool!

  2. Shirley, I'm so pleased for you! What a lovely way to receive such recognition for a book that means so much to you :)

    Jess x

  3. Thank you both! It was a really nice thing to win!



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