Thank you to the judges for deeming my fourth novel, The Flying Cutterbucks, worthy for this prestigious recognition named in honor of Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Willa Cather
The Flying Cutterbucks is set in The Land of Enchantment where I was born and raised. I've been at this writing gig since I was 15. I've had my share of ups and downs in the business. This is my bravest novel to date. Writing it required me to take some huge risks. Winners will be announced Oct. 15.
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.
2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist in Literary Fiction for The Flying Cutterbucks
2021 MWSA Gold Medal Winner in Literary Fiction for The Flying Cutterbucks
2021 WILLA Literary Award Finalist in Contemporary Fiction for The Flying Cutterbucks
2021 Gold Medal in Fiction - Realistic from Readers' Favorite Book Awards for The Flying Cutterbucks
2021 Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist in Literary Fiction for The Flying Cutterbucks
Finalist in the 2020 Somerset Awards for The Flying Cutterbucks
2020 MWSA Founder's Award for Seven Wings to Glory
2020 MWSA Silver Medal in Literary Fiction for Seven Wings to Glory
2017 Foreword Indies Book Awards Honorable Mention in War & Military (Adult Fiction) for Seven Wings To Glory
Short Listed in the 2017 Somerset Awards for Seven Wings to Glory
Top Finalist in Literary Fiction in the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for Johnnie Come Lately
Honorable Mention in Military Fiction in 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards for The Final Salute
2015 Gold Medal in Literary Fiction from MWSA for Johnnie Come Lately
2015 Bronze Medal in 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 in Literary Fiction from MWSA for The Final Salute