The WILLA Literary Awards are given by the organization, Women Writing the West. I was privileged to attend the award banquet with Jane at the WWW Conference which was held at the beautiful Rancho de los Caballeros near Wickenberg, Arizona. The winning title is A Flickering Light published by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
Jane is inter-nationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire. Her works have appeared in more than 50 publications including Decision, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts. Many of her sixteen novels and three nonfiction titles are based on the lives of real people or incidents set authentically in the American West. Her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award, WILLA Literary Award and Reader’s Choice awards. Several of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections.
A Tendering in the Storm won the 2007 WILLA Literary Award for Best Original Paperback and A Flickering Light, a story based on her grandmother’s life as a turn of the century photographer, was named to Library Journal’s Best Books of 2009.
My congratulations to Jane for winning this prestigious award.