My young adult novel, The Haunting of Josh Weston, has won several literary awards and now the cover has won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s (PNWA) Book Cover Contest at their annual conference in Seattle, WA last Saturday night, July 22, 2017. This picture shows me accepting the award and prize, a free PNWA 2018 conference, which I as the YA Category Sponsor of the PNWA Literary Contest donated to the first place winner in the YA Category. That was so much fun and the winner was so excited!
I love attending the PNWA conference and seeing old friends, meeting new YA writers. This year’s conference was attended by over 500 writers, editors, agents, and writing services vendors. There is always an excellent lineup of workshop tracks of craft, marketing, and genre writing. I presented a workshop in the YA track, Crafting the YA Novel: The Four Cs of Characterization.
Presenting workshops is one of my favorite things. My next workshop is at the Arizona Library Association’s Annual Conference in Mesa in November entitled, Don’t Be A Dream-Killer: Help Indie Authors Help You.
More good news: The Haunting of Josh Weston received a 5 Star review from Melinda Hill for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews. “Magical and moving, The Haunting of Josh Weston by Melinda Rucker Haynes is a powerful YA paranormal tale that offers lots of emotional insights and a message of hope to anyone who is suffering from insecurities and bad memories. The action is quick-paced as the tension between Josh and the bully builds, but the relationship between Josh and Pete provides a timeless feeling and a sense of love and support that Josh’s mother just can’t provide by herself. With a subtle romantic element, there is just the right balance between the paranormal and the every day to make the story quite believable and uplifting. Excellent story – kept me glued to the pages! The Haunting of Josh Weston is certainly well worth reading.”