Jennifer Holm is the 2011 Golden Kite Award recipient for TURTLE in PARADISE.
Jennifer opens with, "I like to revise. It's kind of an occupational hazard, if you know what I mean." Then she thanks the entire room and tells us she has a lot of thank you notes to write.
She could hardly believe she had won this award.
Jennifer was sick when she learned she won and said, "That call was better than any chicken soup."
TURTLE IN PARADISE wasn't an easy book to write, she tells us.
"Don't give up. Stopping counting after you hit the 16th draft. Save frequently. Hire a babysitter so you have time to write," she told the room and then shared that this room of people is here for us (all of us). "We are your people."