It was fun to share “Nature’s Gift” with all of you, and I have loved your comments. Thanks!
Whenever I read a story, I often wonder how the author came up with that particular idea and those characters. I think other readers may be curious too. Was the story based on a personal experience or an event in the life of someone the author knew? Maybe the story was completely imaginary.
All fiction is imaginative, of course. But even so, a writer’s interests and personality will often shine through.
That’s why I have decided to include a brief “author’s note” following each piece in my book. I want my readers to understand what inspired the story. Readers will also be able to learn if a story has won awards.
Here is the entry that follows “Nature’s Gift”:
Author’s Note: “Nature’s Gift”
This fictional story is based on the actual rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker in eastern Arkansas early in 2004. Fascinated by all the excitement surrounding the event, I collected news clippings for weeks. Then I created this tale.
“Nature’s Gift” won first place in the Margaret Ponder Thompson Award at Arkansas Writers’ Conference in June 2006. The contest called for “prose with an Arkansas setting.” Later that year it was published in The Storyteller magazine in the October/November/December edition.
Readers of The Storyteller also voted for their favorite stories in that issue. I was thrilled when “Nature’s Gift” won the second place People’s Choice Award for Fiction.