A Wooler author’s debut novel has been nominated for a national award, The People’s Book Prize.
One Missed Step by Barbara Morris is in the running for the prestigious accolade, which showcases new authors. The book has been entered into the Summer 2013 section by publisher Pegasus, and the winner will be voted for by the public.
One Missed Step is a tale that Barbara cultivated over 20 years, finally putting fingers to keyboard in earnest in 2011. It tells the story of two sisters who travel from the Isle of Skye to reconnect with their estranged Canadian father, and the consequences of the visit.
Voting began in June and will continue until August 31. “There are some lovely comments but I’ve no idea how it is going,” Barbara said. “As the cliche goes, it really is exciting just to be nominated.”
Barbara has recently returned from Skye, having been asked to speak at the Skye Book Festival. There she met Mairi Hedderwick, author of the Katie Morag books, which she said was exciting in itself.
Earlier this year a screenplay adaptation of Barbara’s novel won the Rising Star award at the 2013 Canada International Film Festival.
“It’s all just a little bit surreal still and I still have to go back to the day job, but it’s been a great few months!” Barbara added.