Maggie Book of Year AwardPerfect for Framing, a novel by Maggie Bishop that features problems in Property Owners Associations, won the Book of the Year Award for Mystery from the High Country Writers, a prestigious writers organization that has been energizing writers since 1995.  This exciting novel is Bishop’s fourth in the Appalachian Adventure Series and the second of the mystery series featuring Jemma Chase and Detective Tucker. Maggie’s love for CSI, the Appalachian Mountains, and outdoor activities collectively influenced her latest series.

Maggie has gained a wide readership among mystery lovers and was recently touted as one of the Appalachian’s Agatha Christies by Verve Women’s Magazine in Asheville, and was chosen one of “East Carolina University’s 100 Incredible Women” in 2007.  When presented the award during the June 11th ceremony attended by publishers, authors and fans, Maggie Bishop said, “Writing is more difficult that readers can imagine – and more fun.  My thanks to Ingalls Publishing Group for believing in my stories.”

Winning in the Memoir category is Marcia Cham’s You Mean I Have to Look at the Body? a book about living and dying.  Julia Taylor Ebel won in the Poetry category for Dresses, Dreams and Beadwood Leaves.  The award for the Family category went to Lila Hopkins for The Master Craftsman.  June Bare was awarded the Inspirational category for All Things.  Frank J. Thomas was presented the plaque in the History category for Melbourne Beach:  The First 125 Years.

Since 1998, High Country Writers annually acknowledges books by members published during the previous year.  Books are submitted in January and award winners are chosen by a committee of members. High Country Writers meets the second and fourth Thursday of most months at the Watauga County Public Library for informational programs and critiques supporting writers of the area. For more information, visit the website: http://highcountrywriters.tripod.com