We just heard that The Swamp Whisperer by Sylvia Dickey Smith won the Best Novel of the Year Award from the Press Women of Texas.
The humorous mystery/thriller features Sidra Smart, a fledgling private detective and ex-preacher’s wife, and cranky old swamp-rat Boo Murphy – two independent women who do not suffer fools (of any gender) gladly, to say the least.
We’re thrilled to see Sylvia receive this honor, adding to the recognition this same group gave several years ago to her historical novel, A War of Her Own, a World War II homefront novel loosely based on her mother’s experiences working in a naval shipyard during the war – a real-life Rosie the Riveter character. That novel also went on to win second place at the national level from the National Federation of Press Women.
The Press Women of Texas is an organization with a fine history. It was founded May 10, 1893, in the Windsor Hotel in Dallas, by a group of writers attending the Texas Press Association meeting. Led by Aurelia H. Mohl of Houston, the new association aimed to encourage Texas women writers and illustrators in their literary work. Notably, the Texas Equal Rights Association, also supported by Mohl, was founded on the same day and in the same hotel.
For more about The Swamp Whisperer, visit the title information page. It’s available in softcover or eBook editions.
Click here for more about A War of Her Own.