Sunday, May 25, 2014

I Won the Silver IPPY Award. Thank You, Mom.

Forgive my bragging, but this sort of thing, winning a prestigious medal for a novel, doesn't happen every day. But more to the point, my mother recently passed away, February 22nd, to be exact. I loved her very much, and it was hard, even though she was 94. I wrote Death of a Clown, a mystery noir, several years ago, using my perception of her persona in the circus before I came into being. Mom was my muse and my muse served me well. I even insisted on using a photo of her sitting on an elephant on the cover. I was notified about the award around Mother's Day. It was my first Mother's Day without my mother. I can't tell you what it meant to me, to win the Silver IPPY around that time. I know wherever Mom is, she looks down and smiles with love, happy at my good fortune. It doesn't make me miss her any less, quite the contrary. But it does settle well on my heart.

7 comments:

jamesbabb said...

Congrats! Are you going to the awards in New York?

Judy Winn said...

Such wonderful news...and certainly earned. The cover is priceless.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom. She definitely is smiling at you. Congratulations. That is quite an honor.

Heather Haven said...

Hi James! The truth is, I've been to NYC so much recently with my mother's illness and then death, I can't face getting on a plane and going there so soon afterward. It's too bad the awards weren't several months later, but they aren't, and I am content to know I won. Maybe another year, whether I win or not! Thanks for commenting!!

Heather Haven said...

Thank you, Judy!

Heather Haven said...

Beverly, thank you for writing such wonderful words. I am grateful to you.

Roseanne Dowell said...

Congratulations, Heather. Your mother would be very proud of you. Great cover, by the way and a wonderful tribute to your mother.