IMG_8045I went back and forth today on whether or not I should post this.

But then I figured, if it was not for you dear reader, I would not be an author.  Because an author who continues to write books must have readers.

So it’s with gratitude that I share some good news.  This weekend, I was awarded the Writer of the Year Award by the San Diego Christian Writers’ Guild.

What an honor and surprise – especially since I was serving as the emcee for the event.  I had all my notes ready for what would happen after the awards were presented, not at all expecting that I would be receiving anything.

I heard my friend, author Diana Wallis Taylor (pictured with me) describe the Sherwood Wirt award for Writer of the Year.  But when she said that this year’s recipient went to Biola University and Regent University, my heart began to pound in my chest.  The rest of the description did indeed confirm that I was about to get that award.

Do you know what made that moment extra special?

It was about 7 years ago when I made my way as an aspiring writer to the San Diego Christian Writers’ Guild fall conference.  It was the first time I had ever met authors, publishers, agents, and editors and been exposed to the world of professional writing.  I soaked it all in and went to work, little by little, to apply what I had learned.

God has been so incredibly amazing to bring me to that exact same geographical location some seven years later.  The same conference.  Even the same room.  But now, God has opened the door to publish two books (31 Days to a Younger You and 31 Days to a Happy Husband) with Harvest House Publishers, with two more books on the way in 2014.

What God has done in between my first writers conference and this one has been astounding.  Thank you Lord for your goodness in allowing me to live out loud through writing and speaking.

Thank you San Diego Christian Writers Guild for believing in me and blessing me so.

And thank you dear reader for coming along on the journey!


Arlene Pellicane

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