Thank you to MWSA Founder Bill McDonald for this prestigious award! To say I'm gobsmacked is an understatement! To watch the awards ceremony and Bill's presentation, click the box below. Bill comes on about twelve minutes into the program.
Congratulations to Joseph Badal for winning the award. Joe is the author of sixteen novels and the recipient of many prestigious awards. I was honored to be nominated again this year along with my friend and colleague, Valerie Ormond.
Honored to be featured on the cover of Dispatches Magazine with my colleagues, Valerie Ormond and Dale Dye, for the 2019 MWSA Mike Mullins Writer of the Year Award Nominees. Kudos to those hardworking MWSA volunteers who worked on this issue. My writing career reaches far back to my childhood growing up in Clovis, New Mexico. Click here to view the issue.
Hollywood legend Dale Dye named 2019 MWSA Mike Mullins Memorial Writer of the Year
To read more about the 2017 award visit http://www.clovis-schools.org/foundation/hall-of-honor-recipients.html
I'm standing in front of the display case in the lobby of Clovis High School, Clovis, New Mexico. I declared myself a writer my junior year when I started writing for my high school newspaper, The Purple Press.
To receive an award for my writing achievements years after I graduated from Tarrant County College/NE Campus was such a glorious moment. Portion Community College, featured in my novels, Johnnie Come Lately & Seven Wings to Glory, was inspired by my time at Tarrant County College/NE Campus, Hurst, TX.
First Place for feature writing from New Mexico Press Women, 1976. Senior at Clovis High School, Clovis, NM. This award led to a student writer position on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University where I attended my freshman year. Later I took night classes at the ENMU satellite campus in Clovis while working as a cub reporter on the staff of the Clovis News Journal.
Finalist in the 2020 Somerset Awards for The Flying Cutterbucks
2020 MWSA Founder's Award for Seven Wings to Glory
2020 MWSA Silver Medal for literary fiction for Seven Wings to Glory
2017 Foreword Indies Book Awards Honorable Mention for War & Military (Adult Fiction) for Seven Wings To Glory
Short Listed for the 2017 Somerset Awards for Seven Wings to Glory
Top Finalist for literary fiction in the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for Johnnie Come Lately
Honorable Mention for military fiction in 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards for The Final Salute
2015 Gold Medal for literary fiction from MWSA for Johnnie Come Lately
2015 Bronze Medal for women's fiction from Readers' Favorite International Book Awards for Johnnie Come Lately
Winner 2010 Silver Medal for William E. Mayer Literary Award from MWSA - "Living in a House Divided," an excerpt from a work in progress that became my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately
Winner 2009 Silver Medal for fiction from MWSA for The Final Salute