Retired Nasa Scientist Wins International Writing Contest

Retired Nasa Scientist Wins International Writing Contest

Marcha Fox, who lives in Burnet, US, has won an audiobook production in the Page Turner Awards, which was announced at a glittering online ceremony, where Paul Michael Glaser from Starsky and Hutch fame was a special guest to announce the winners.

The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid and Campfire, offers authors, writers, and screenwriters the chance to enter the first 10 pages of their writing project, where a judging panel of literary experts and film producers will read the work.

Fox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Utah State University in 1987, which resulted in a 20+ year career at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

The Curse of Dead Horse Canyon: Cheyenne Spirits is a multicultural, Indigenous Native American culture thriller where Northern Cheyenne, Charlie Littlewolf, must return to his medicine man grandfather's spiritual teachings that he shunned years before to discover the dirty government secret that resulted in his white brother and life-long best friend’s murder in a Colorado canyon.

This story started out as a cozy mystery, but quickly evolved to a thriller as the author researched its setting in Colorado. The 19th Century mining industry as well as Native American history in that area brought new dimensions and depth that made the story come alive.

The main character, Charlie Littlewolf, is Northern Cheyenne, which introduced the Native American cultural element. To make sure it was represented accurately, Fox sought someone from that tribe to help. She was fortunate enough to connect with Pete Risingsun, whose involvement with the story was such he quickly evolved from consultant to co-author.

Fox said: “I am beyond thrilled to have made it so far in this competition. I appreciate this opportunity to connect with professionals in the writing community and that they have valued the work put into my novel by both myself and my co-author, Pete Risingsun. I've been very impressed with the professionalism from Page Turner Award, and the qualifications of the various judges. It has been an exciting experience, so to have this recognition makes all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into creating this story entirely worth it. It's an incredible honor to be chosen from among so many other talented authors.”

See more about Fox and her winning submission:

This year aspiring writers walked off the red carpet with life-changing prizes. One new unpublished writer won literary agency representation, while a screenwriter won literary management. Another new writer won a publishing deal, seven independent authors won an audiobook production from Spectrum Audiobooks, plus one other won a publishing package (including an edit, book cover and book trailer), and another author won a book adaptation.

The Page Turner Awards winners can be found here:

Submissions for the 2022 Awards will open in January 2022. Find out how you too can enter your writing into The Page Turner Awards: