Monday, May 11, 2009

Blog a Dream Come True

For those who know my story it has been a long but interesting journey to becoming a published author. I began many years ago with the dream of being a journalist but through life circumstance I traveled a different career path. A few days ago I was awarded second place for the Best Fiction of 2009 by the Connecticut Press Club, an organization comprised of journalists, and writers. The dream does come true for a debut author, one has to believe and have faith.

The guest speaker at the awards event was Wally Lamb. He received the Mark Twain Award from the Press Club. Mr. Lamb spoke of the writing process from his beginnings and how there were times when he couldn't find a word for the page. He often turned to his faith for guidance and found inspiration in his own spirituality. Good advice for all of us. The photo is of me, Wally Lamb and Judith Marks-White author of Seducing Harry and Bachelor Degree.

My thanks to the judges of the Connecticut Press Club for their recognition of Belly of the Whale.

This is a Good Day - have the best day every day.



Scobberlotcher said...

Congrats Linda! That is wonderful news. I'm so proud of you.


Cheryl Tardif, author and book marketing coach said...

This is sooo awesome, Linda. Congratulations!!! I am very happy for you. It is so awesome to see great writing rewarded, and I am sure this is the first of many dreams that will come true for you.

By the way, my mother and I are huge fans of Wally Lamb!!!

Cheryl Tardif, author and book marketing coach said...

Oh, and did I say this is soooo awesome? hehe (I love that word; can you tell?)

Beth Fehlbaum, Author said...

Congratulations, Linda! You deserve it!
Beth Fehlbaum, author
Courage in Patience, a story of HOPE..
Ch. 1 is online!

Linda Merlino said...

Thanks are the best!!!xxoo

Debra Purdy Kong said...

Congratulations, Linda. That is terrific news!