As you might know, I won a Christy (what I call the Oscars of Christian fiction) at the end of last month in St Louis. It was surreal. Here are two reasons why:
I’ve dreamed of winning a Christy Award ever since I dreamed of writing novels. To be standing up there with many, many authors, agents, and editors who had helped me and inspired me was a thrill.
In 2002 I read a book that utterly captured me: Arena, by Karen Hancock. It truly is Pilgrims Progress for this age. I went on to read Karen’s Legends of the Guardian-King series and loved them too. She became one of my favorite authors.
On awards night they gave out a Lifetime Achievement Christy to Karen. Yep, she was there was on stage handing out the Christys to all the winning authors. So cool to get my award from an author I’ve admired for a long time.
Also making the night special was that after six nominations, my great friend Susie Warren final won a Christy! Way to go Susie!
Okay, enough celebrating … gotta get back to writing.