Writing Awards

2019 MWSA Mike Mullins Memorial Writer of the Year Award Finalist

Honored to be featured on the cover of Dispatches Magazine with my colleagues, Valarie 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 the link to view the issue https://static1.squarespace.com/…/MWSADispatches-Summer2019…


Update: 8.20.19


Hollywood legend Dale Dye named 2019 MWSA Mike Mullins Memorial Writer of the Year

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Purple Pride Hall of Honor for "Sports & Entertainment" from Clovis Municipal School Foundation

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Where it all began...

 I'm standing in front of the Purple Pride Hall of Honor Wall 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. 

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2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Tarrant County College/NE Campus

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. 

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Book Awards

  

2017 Foreword Indies Book Awards Honorable Mention for War & Military (Adult Fiction) for Seven Wings To Glory


Shortlisted 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 Military Writers Society of America 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 Military Writers Society of America - "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 Military Writers Society of America for The Final Salute

My first BIG Award

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. 

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