Monday, September 22, 2008

ACFW Book of the Year

Saturday night at the national American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference, my novel The Restorer's Son was honored with the award for Book of the Year in the Speculative Fiction category. I was so touched and honestly so bewildered as they read the opening line "Hills of Hazor take you . . . " that I don't remember much of walking up to the podium or what I said. Ted's photo didn't turn out well, but I decided to post it because it's a good representation of how surreal I felt. I'm so incredibly grateful that I got to spend time with the characters in this book, see the book in print, and get such great feedback about the story.

For a slightly more "in focus" photo, below I'm with my friends Amy Wallace, Vicki Tiede, and Ginny Smith.

The whole conference was a joy -- including the wonderful folks who took my class on the Healthy Habits of the Christian Writer (about spiritual, emotional, and professional health). I enjoyed seeing many old friends, and making new ones. The Mall of America booksigning was huge and exciting. I did hear from several friends who never found me (I was with a group tucked down by the Bloomingdale entrance), but I loved seeing those who came, especially for our panel discussion on the fantasy genre.

Sharon Hinck

The Secret Life of Becky Miller (2007 ACFW Book of the Year - 2nd place, Lit category)
Renovating Becky Miller
(2008 Audie Award Finalist, ACFW BOTY finalist)
The Restorer
(2008 Christy Award Finalist, ACFW BOTY finalist)
The Restorer's Son (Romantic Times 4.5 stars, Reviewer's Choice Award - Road to Romance, ACFW BOTY winner)
New Releases:
The Restorer's Journey
Symphony of Secrets

Brand New Release:
Stepping Into Sunlight


WayneThomasBatson said...

Praise God, Sharon! Woo hoo. I am so glad you won! Congratulations.

Nisly_Family said...

Congratulations! That's amazing.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! That's great!

Rel said...

You little bewdy, Shazza ;-)

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Huh...I need to get your book a bit faster then.
Duh. I'll get on it right away.

Good luck

Anonymous said...

Congrats! That about ensures that I'll be getting your book, like, RIGHT NOW!

Sharon Hinck said...

Thanks, everyone.
May God continue to astound us with His kind surprises in our lives today!

Gracie said...

Congratulations, Sharon! I miss that I couldn't see you receive the award, but perhaps I'll get a chance to see you when the Fantasy Fiction tour visits this side of the country next month. I'm so glad that "The Restorer's Son" won BOTY -- it definitely deserved it!

Valerie Comer said...

Big hugs and congrats :)