This year, we have two Page Turner champions – one in fiction (see Meghan Andersch’s interview here) and one in nonfiction (Nicki Jeffery’s interview is here), along with a runner up in each category. Join interviewer Joanne Sher as we learn more about fiction runner-up Sylvia Young.
JOANNE SHER: First of all, congratulations on being the runner up in the Fiction Page Turner Contest! Can you tell us a bit about how you found out? What was your reaction?
SYLVIA YOUNG: Let me first say that this contest was very important to me. I believed it would confirm whether or not I should focus on writing as a long-term career goal. I have been a short story ghostwriter for nearly two years now, and I thought that if I won, it would be a sign to turn my attention to writing novels.
When I saw that I was the runner up, my heart did a funny kind of flip-flop, and I felt a little lightheaded. Coming in second is winning to me, and so I believe that this is the sign from God that I was looking for!
JOANNE: Fascinating how God speaks to us, isn’t it? When do you first remember developing a passion/love for writing?
SYLVIA: I started writing stories from about the age of 9 or 10. I remember a teacher telling me how much he enjoyed my story (I even remember the plot!) and that he was looking forward to reading more of my work. This kind of situation was repeated a few more times throughout my school years. Continue Reading…