Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I've Been Nominated!

So there's this insanely cool project going on that maybe you have heard of, maybe you didn't. It's called the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project. The purpose of this project is to find a self-published, living-in-Illinois, fiction writer who librarians think is worthy of an award; they're looking for an under-the-radar talent to promote.

Well, that being said, I'VE BEEN NOMINATED!! My excitement for this project has brought me the needed energy to continue smiling after/during this damn Polar Vortex (yes, I'll give you the appropriate pronoun capitalization, Mr. Polar Vortex). Or maybe it's a Mrs. (her wrath and all)? But anyway, I have never felt so honored.

I was recently interviewed by Ms. Jane Michaels of The Doings newspaper and wanted to share a blurb:

"My urban fantasy novel, Renhala, began as a notepad scribbled over with things that were haunting me during a very dark period in my life. After suffering a horrific assault by a total stranger and watching helplessly as both my parents' health declined, I became an entirely different woman. As I traveled between hospitals, my sunshine was snuffed and I could not find joy in all the simple things I once adored. I lived day after day under a fa├žade of "normal," but was internally screaming for help. Nothing could make me truly happy again. Then one day, out of the blue, I gathered my courage, took that notepad of paper and began writing a short story of a young woman who was learning to "let her mother go." As the words began pouring from my open wounds, the story then morphed into a magical tale of epic proportion--a karmic story of humiliation, transformation, and empowerment. For you see, my broken heroine mastered a new weapon and magical abilities, bonded with a band of misfit travelers from a co-existing realm, and finally had enough strength to realize that despite her wounds, she had the strength to make a difference in the world.

I only hoped that by writing my novel and self-publishing I could share my story and help others see that scars don't have to be only ugly reminders, they can be the fodder for your creative beast--the one that changes your life by changing the words... The simple act of writing can be the most therapeutic jam session. Write it out!"
So, wish me luck!
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