Disclaimer: It will be really hard for me to be impartial about these books. Gifted is one of the finalists and I AM THRILLED and because I lived it as I wrote it and grew to love the characters as I wrote, I still really like the book. In fact, I'd have to say it's my favorite of the bunch.
That being said, I am honored to be in the same category with New York Times best-selling authors, an academy award winner and someone who can easily be called LDS fiction royalty.
Being nominated has brought with it something I hadn't realized would happen. It has brought readers that wouldn't necessarily have read it if it hadn't been nominated. Some are reading for curiosity, some so they can vote. I've had some responses that were really nice. But there have also been some that were surprisingly harsh. This has definitely forced me to thicken my skin. Some days that's been easy, but some days have been tough. Even so, I'm still excited and honored.
The finalists are:
Before I Say Goodbye by Rachel Ann Nunes
Gifted by me
Evolution of Thomas Hall by Keith Merrill
The Walk: Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans
The Wedding Letters by Jason F. Wright
Feel free to share your thoughts about this category.