Western Writers of America Spur Awards

I am excited to announce that Proving Her Claim received two Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America! My debut novel was awarded the Best Western Romance Novel of 2023. The book also garnered the Best First Novel Spur Award.

Since 1953 the Spur Awards have been considered one of the most prestigious awards in American literature. Spurs are given for the best western historical novel, best western traditional novel, best western contemporary novel, best short story, best short nonfiction. Also, best contemporary nonfiction, best biography, best history, best juvenile fiction and nonfiction, best drama, best documentary, best poem, best song, best children’s picture book and best first novel as well as best first nonfiction book.

WWA will present the 2023 awards at the organization’s annual convention, which takes place June 21-24 in Rapid City, SD. I am very proud to be a member of an organization that supports and promotes its members’ work.

More than 700 writers worldwide are members of WWA, including historians, fiction and nonfiction authors, romance writers, songwriters, poets, and screenwriters for film and television. All these writers have one thing in common—our work is set in the ever-changing American West.