Some human activities require a lot of personal investment over a long time with no assurance of reward. Raising kids comes to mind; writing books is another.
This weekend, I received a little encouragement for the journey– “Seeds of Evidence” won a Holt Medallion as the Best Book by a Virginia Author, and an Award of Merit for Romantic Suspense in the Virginia Romance Writers 2014 contest! I am thrilled.
The book is also a finalist for the RWA Readers Choice Awards and took the prize for best book in the Virginia Professional Communicators Contest.
Writing Seeds was a labor of love. I remember thinking, “I don’t care if this ever gets published; I just want to evoke this place.” The “place” was Chincoteague, Virginia, an island off the Eastern Shore where my grandparents lived when I was a kid. The marshes, the water, sunsets, the birds, ponies and of course, endless stretches of beach captured my heart many years ago. Now they are enshrined in a robust mystery/suspense novel.
Many thanks to publisher Abingdon Press, to the organizers of the Virginia contest and to the judges. My “child” got an “A.” This mom is happy.