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The Brief History of ‘The Inspiring Muse Award’
I’ve been ‘Shamelessly Promoting Someone Else’ for as many years as I’ve been online and I decided to take it one-step further. Despite the internet’s reputation for trolls, I’ve found that I interact with a brilliant collection of people on a daily basis. Each offers a gift whether it’s art, knowledge, a story, or just a well-timed joke. I wanted a way to thank them for inspiring me that was more permanent than a typed ‘thank you’.
This is a personal award that I bestow on people who I feel are excellent examples of different aspects of the creative community, or of humanity in general. Anyone I interact with is eligible to receive it, and it is awarded once each month.
September’s winner is Richard Tomlin, for his amazing responses to my Six-Word Story Challenges on Facebook. Thank you, it’s a real privilege to read them.
Visit his page on Facebook: Rednecknerdpoet
October’s winner is Andrew McDowell, for his continuous support in sharing my posts on Facebook and constant encouragement. Thank you.
Visit his page on Facebook: Andrew McDowell, Author and his website: andrewmcdowellauthor.com/
November’s winner is Jean Lee, for many reasons (read her posts and I guarantee you’ll start following her). She is a delight to read and an awesome human as well.
Visit her website: Jean Lee’s World
December’s winner is S. A. Gibson for his enthusiastic support of writing collaborations and generous nature. Through him, I’ve been introduced to many talented authors, collaborated on a short story, and been promoted with him. His unique, post-apocalyptic series is a must read.
Visit his page on Facebook: AuthorGibsonLA
Also on Facebook: ProtectedBooks
January’s winner is Melissa Williams for her fantastic support and relentless enthusiasm during virtual events – she’s attended every one I’ve been in for the last year. Melissa is an aspiring author who is currently working on her first novel; as a fan of steampunk, I’m looking forward to its release.
Visit her page on Facebook: Melissa Williams
Website: Coming Soon
February’s winner is Bob Goddard for his relentless support of my writing – Bob is a prolific author of both science fiction and travel adventure books, as well as being my copy-editor and friend. I encourage any and all to read his work.
Visit his page on Facebook: Bob Goddard
Amazon Listings: Bob Goddard
Website: Timbuktu Publishing
He’s also in charge of the Facebook group Science Fiction Novelists
March’s winner is Chris Hall for her relentless positive energy, excellent stories, and support of her fellow authors via interaction on social media – Chris is the author of ‘A Sextet of Shorts’ (short story collection) & ‘The Silver Locket’ (a novel) . I encourage any and all to read her work.
Visit her page on Facebook: Luna’s on Line
Amazon Listings: Chris Hall
Website: Luna’s on line
April’s winner is Cindy Prcevich.
Unlike most of my other nominees, Cindy isn’t an author; her superpower is reading. I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered anyone with such a voracious multi-genre appetite. I’ve suggested she start a blog with her reviews. She just smiled, ‘cat-like,’ and said nothing.
Perhaps if you ask her nicely, she’ll read your books too.