Saturday night, ABINADI won the Whitney Award for Best Historical. This is me during my "acceptance speech." I had read all of the books that I was up against and loved them all. I wouldn't have been surprised if any one of them won. But I was surprised when it was my book that won. I told the audience that when my 14-year old son read it, he was mad. "Why did you have to kill off the main character at the end?" he asked. I told him that's what happened in the scriptures. He said, "So? You could have changed it since you made everything else up."
A newsrelease about the winners appeared in the Mormon Times yesterday.
And a liveblog of the award ceremony can be read here.
Below: Stephanie Black (Whitney Winner), me, and Karlene Browning (Provident Book manager)
Me with the podcasting ladies of LDS Women's Book Review (Hi Shanda, Sheila & Hillary)
Me with fans and friends!
A huge congrats to the other 2008 Whitney Award winners:
James Dashner in YA: The 13th Reality, Journal of Curious Letters
Brandon Sanderson in Speculative: Mistborn: The Hero of Ages (book 3)
Stephanie Black in Mystery/Suspense: Fool Me Twice
Annette Haws in General: Waiting for the Light to Change
Aubrey Mace in Romance: Spare Change
Sandra Grey in Best Novel: Traitor
Angela Hallstron in Best Novel by New Author: Bound on Earth
Lifetime Achievement: Kerry Blair & Orson Scott Card