Rheumatoid Arthritis Journalist Wins International Writing Contest

Rheumatoid Arthritis Journalist Wins International Writing Contest

Michele Gwynn, who lives in Schertz, 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.

Gwynn is a former journalist for the Northeast Herald who has worked as a medical administrator and a college tutor at Northeast Lakeview College.

The Making of Herman Faust is about rookie cop Herman Faust when a late-night traffic stop leads into a dangerous race against the clock after an East German defector dies mysteriously in custody.

This story was inspired after a trip to Berlin in 2010 when Gwynn fell in love with the city because it was so different to Texas.
She was born in Germany (Wiesbaden) in 1968 while her father served in the Air Force, so she felt the need to see some part of the country where her life began. Set in 1988, and a rookie traffic cop at the time, Faust discovers an East German defector hiding in a vehicle he pulls over.

Gwynn is a graduate of Samuel Clemens High School and also a graduate of San Antonio College. As a journalist for her local newspaper, she had the pleasure of interviewing celebrities from San Antonio's own Spurs great, David Robinson, to actors Rudolph Martin, Joaquim de Almeida, James Wilder, and Mariel Hemingway.

She grew up with Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosed at age five. By the time she was twenty-three, she'd already had both hips and both knees replaced. Even as the disease went into remission, the damage done to her joints was permanent. Hip and knee revisions happened down the line, but she has defied all odds and is still going. She jokes that she's like the Energizer Bunny and won't quit as long as she can keep moving forward.

See more about Gwynn and her winning submission: https://pageturnerawards.com/2021-audiobook-winners

Gwynn said: “Someone pinch me because I can't believe I have won an audiobook production. The Page Turner Award contest has been such a boon to me. The validation of simply making it through the first round of judging in two categories is priceless, much less three rounds. This contest is a great venue for challenging oneself in the spirit of competition.”

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: https://pageturnerawards.com/2021-winners

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