A Gift for My Sister Wins Best Fiction Award
Once again the Internet brought me surprising news. I was Googling myself to fulfill a request from my agent. I guess this guilty curiosity is something many do, but I had not indulged in well over a year. I checked through the pages to ascertain that the information was not about the several other Ann Pearlmans and others who have various combinations of my name.
After a couple dozen pages, there appeared a surprising notice:
Mar 15, 2014 – … two winners! We are proud to announce the winners of the 2013 awards: … Winners (tie): A Gift for My Sister by Ann Pearlman
Excited, I clicked on the link.
Winners of the 2013 Sharp Writ Book Awards appeared in aqua blue.
Then there it was in beautiful burgundy letters:
Winners (tie): A Gift for My Sister by Ann Pearlman
First Place in Fiction for 2013.
The awards were bestowed on the Ides of March, 2014. Why didn’t my Google alerts inform me? Oh, I was out of town and probably simply deleted what I thought were routine notices.
So I got the announcement five months late! Simply by accident. I did not know I was nominated. Wonderful, lucky news from out of the blue.
The Sharp Writ Award is given by a group of judges who are part of the Smart Book Lovers, which grew out of Mensa.
A Gift for My Sister is the second novel featuring characters who appeared in, my first novel, The Christmas Cookie Club which became an international bestseller.
My newest novel, The Lottery will be available in mid October. Many of the same characters will be featured as the cookie club decides to play the lottery. I’m eager to hear people’s reactions. We write alone, wondering how our words, images, characters will effect readers. It’s so gratifying and I’m so grateful when I learn that my books have had a positive impact. Thank you, Sharp Writ Awards committee.