The first weekend of August my favorite book event of the year happens! The Florida Authors and Publishers Association Book Awards and Conference. I’ll be honest, I’ve attended some pretty amazing events this year…like the Seymour Agency Cruise, but FAPA is like home, and it’s where my heart is.

In 2017 a social media encounter with Mark Wayne Adams led me to FAPA, and I will be forever grateful to him. That year Lottie Loser, my debut novel and Book I of the AMI Series, won the Silver Medal in ChicLit and my life as an author began. I met my publisher, Terri Gerrell of Southern Yellow Pines Publishing, and signed with her, but most importantly I made friendships with other authors, and they took me under their wings.

This will be my third conference and I’m nervous and excited all in one. Last year Call Me Charlotte won three medals, including the Gold in Adult Fiction Romance, and this year Book III of the AMI Series, The Greysons is up for a medal in Adult Fiction Romance and Cover Design Adult. I won’t pretend that I don’t want to do well, but two dear friends are also up for Cover Design, and I’m so pleased for them.

I’ve met some very competitive people in the literary industry, but my friends from FAPA are people I trust, and know I can count on. What a blessing that is.

Now I want to introduce you to my special FAPA friends.

Hayley Rose, David Edmonds, me and Kip Koelsch all 2018 Award Winners
With my dear friend Kathryn Knight
Kathryn and Patti Brassard Jefferson, The incoming FAPA President
Author Talya Boerner
With Mark Wayne Adams in 2017
With Jane Wood, 2017 FAPA President and Mark
With Author Zelle Andrews
2017 Silver in ChicLit

I can’t wait to see what learning opportunities FAPA has in store for us this year, and I can’t wait to see these wonderful people.

Until we read again…📚


Dana L.❤️

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