Authors from around the state were honored during the FWA Conference. Over the next few days, I'll post articles about those honored by 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Here's the start.
Congratulations to Debbie Reed Fischer for the Published Book of the Year Award and to Heather Nickodem for the Unpublished Book of the Year Award.
PUBLISHED BOOK OF THE YEAR
Swimming with the Sharks by Debbie Reed Fischer (Young Adult)
Torn by her conscience, yet seduced by the chance to be popular, high school junior Peyton gets
sucked into a cruel bullying campaign aimed at the frumpy new girl.
Debbie Reed Fischer is the author of Swimming with the Sharks (Flux, 2008) and Braless in
Wonderland (Dutton, 2008). She sometimes plays hooky at the beach instead of writing.
UNPUBLISHED BOOK OF THE YEAR
Red Sky at Night by Heather Nickodem (Romance)
Star-crossed lovers on a U.S. Navy ship thwart al-Qaeda terrorists while trying to find a little
paradise of their own.
Heather Nickodem is a Navy veteran, Navy wife, and teacher of the Gifted. Tours of duty include Saudi Arabia, where she learned Arabic culture, customs, and language.