The Start of My Writing
Solo Deo Gloria.
I'm very grateful
for these awards.
Royal Palm Literary Awards:
2020 First Prize, Gold for Published Flash Fiction, The Magical Dress.
2019 Second Prize, Silver, Creative Nonfiction, Romance in the U.S.A., A Cuban Girl's Story
2018 First Prize,
Gold, for Short Story, Seis Dedos,
2017 Third Prize
for Flash Fiction,
I'm very grateful,
that my flash fiction stories, The Rafters
and Kissed by The Mouth of Truth,
were used by an improvisation
theater in our bay area for
that my Seis Dedos,
Six Toes, short story, made it to to the finalist list for a ScreenCraft, contest,
a contest in search
for stories to make into movies.
I'm thankful to have won awards for my
The Guava Newton,
The Peanut Vendor, In
Memory of the Rafters,
The Petals I Remember,
I'm thankful to have received first
place in a TWA, writing contest for
my nonfiction story, The Trip, To the Left
of My Hyphen. It was published in the Tampa
Writers Alliance's anthology,
The early encouraging
urged me on!
I'm very grateful for these and other ways my writing has been recognized.
And I'm super,
super grateful to readers who have
given me wonderful
I began to write in 2008. If someone had told me before that I would some day be a writer, an author, who would be blessed by being able to touch someone's soul, someone's heart, and one that would come to hear her name called, to receive writing awards, I think I would have thought that person crazy! Author, award-winning author ... me?
But then, I sensed the call from above to write. And my mother and daughter encouraged me. The adventure began and writing and working at improving my craft has become one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.
And what a pleasant surprise! Writing came with many other gifts including an extended family. My writing family: Bistro, Tampa Writers Alliance, Word Weavers and the Florida Writers Association. It has been an honor to belong to these groups. They have watered me, pruned me, helped nurture my growth as a writer and as a person.
And how tremendous when your name is called at a conference to receive a prize! What thrill to hold that award in your hands.
I'm so glad that I followed Julia Cameron's directions when she wrote, "To be truly human, we all have the right to make art. We all have the right to write."