Dec. 13, 2020: Royal Dragonfly Book Awards
Earlier this month the 2020 Royal Dragonfly Book Award winners were announced. I was thrilled to learn that Flower Power was awarded second place in the Chapter Book division.
As writers, telling the story is central to what we do. For me, the idea usually starts as a seed planted by some experience I have had as a teacher, mother, or grandmother. I spend my days surrounded by children and therefore, I live in a world of inspiration. The seeds fill my head and soul. Some lie there and never sprout. Others do.
Once the sprouting seed takes hold, the story takes on a life of its own and must be told. I am simply the gardener, watering and fertilizing the seedling. Making sure to pull out any weeds in the way. Making sure it gets the attention it needs to grow.
While telling the story and connecting with readers is the ultimate goal, I must admit that winning awards is pretty darn exciting! It is a validation of the work. It is a celebration of the story. It is an avenue to connect with even more readers.
Prior to becoming a published author, I would see the shiny seals indicating a book was an award winner on the cover and think, That’s nice. Now, I realize everything that goes into earning those little seals.
So CHEERS to all the writers and authors everywhere who have won awards in 2020!!! Well done!