Thank you so much!! I am obviously thrilled and amazed. Truly. It would have been awesome to walk away with a highly commended again. But to win...wow. I am totally surprised and humbled, too. I know there were a slew of wonderful entries - there's so much talent here!
I did blog about it today if you'd like to read my reaction there, but basically I just hope to finish this novel by Spring (I'm about 22,000 words in so far). Then the hard work begins...the editing and pitching it to editors and/or agents. I intend to pitch it hard at the ACFW conference in September.
So again, thanks to all of you for your congrats (my Facebook status is overloaded with comments, too!). I love every one of you!
And a HUGE congrats to Lisa and Shelley! WOOOOOO-HOOOOO!!! I'd love to read your chapters or at least get a brief synopsis...hint, hint.