Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Life Stories

Announcing the Life Stories winners of the 5th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards

Life Stories Category

First-place Winner

Stephen Hawley Martin
A Witch in the Family
Richmond VA

Honorable Mentions

Steven S. Dawson
Delusions of Immortality
Dillon MT

Beren deMotier
The Brides Of March
Portland OR

Diane Eickhoff
Revolutionary Heart
Kansas City KS

Georg Rauch
The Jew with the Iron Cross
Jocotepec, Jalisco, cp45800 Mexico

Maralys Wills
a Circus without Elephants
Santa Ana CA


High Mileage Hearts Writers’ Group
High Mileage Hearts
Mitchell IN

Mona E.
Los Angeles CA

the Stromboli Streghe
The Pen is Mightier Than the Broom
Callao VA

Jim Heaney
Taste This, Taste That
Columbia SC

Washtub Jerry
Washtub Jerry: It Takes Pluck
Fort Davis TX

Daniel Addair
My Story
Dunnellon FL

Charles J. Alaimo
An Ordinary Life
Stewart Manor NY

Arthur E. Amaral
On The Palms Of My Hands
Trenton NJ

Kevin Amsler
Smoky Goes to Europe
Saint Louis MO

Sandy J. Austin
Learnings Curve
Woodbridge VA

Janet Lybrand Baker with Pat Baker, Jr.
I Married A Country Doctor
Dallas TX

George C. Baldwin
The Science Was Fun
Santa Fe NM

Enid H. Barber
Cotton Fields
New Johnsonville TN

Lee Basnar
Northern Lights & Shadows
Sierra Vista AK

Greg Bass
Letters Home
Grover Beach CA

Florinne Knowlton Becker
Rebecca Evans
Fremont CA

Florinne Knowlton Becker
Rennie Brothers
Fremont CA

Nancy Beeler
Street Nurse/Road Runner
Jacksonville FL

Thom Bierdz
Forgiving Troy
Los Angeles CA

Doug Binder Dave Grill
Send Me A Sign
Wilsonville OR

Carol Blair
Growing Up Over Lulu’s Bar
Fountain Valley CA

Evelyn Bender Blocker
The Wind Blows to the South
Apple Valley CA

Jean Sidney Blomquist
Dance Interrupted
Spokane WA

Esther Bly
Jefferson OH

Jane Booth
Transformed by Triathlon: The Making of an Improbable Athlete
San Mateo CA

Micahel W. Boyd
Deeper Water
Hendersonville NC

Titia Bozuwa
Wings of Change
Sanbornville NH

Julie A. Brand, M.S.
A Mother’s Touch
Longmont CO

Claire Tetreau Brandt Patricia McCune Irvine
Ten Going On Twelve
Pasadena CA

Meg Brown
Dancing with the Enemy: Letting the Good Outweigh the Bad
Euless TX

Allan Brown
Berkeley Daze
Chicago IL

Libby Brown
Making Waves
Richmond VA

Season BubbleGirl
Absolute Individual
Noarlunga Downs SA Australia

Patricia Burgess
Smart Jocks, Long Talks and Pink Socks
Granite Bay CA

Carole Burns
No Such Thing As Ordinary
Arlington MA

Elizabeth MacDonald Burrows
Mystic Voyage
Seattle WA

Jan Butsch
Just a Stage
Atlanta GA

William J. Carew Mary A. Carew
Ordinary People Extraordinary Times We Remember
Grayling MI

Troy Carlyle
The Remainder of My Life
Tyler TX

Bruce Carver
The Thomas Solomon Family
Brunswick ME

Laura Dion-Jones Casey
Commit To Get Fit
Chicago IL

Dale Cathell
Empires of the Crab
Berlin MD

Georges E. Chalonec
The Brave Mousse, Dick Boy
Port St Lucie FL

Richard Chamberlin
Hitchhiking From Vietnam: Seeking The Ox
Monona WI

David Wesley Chapman
The Man Who Carried A Drum
Lusk WY

M. Kathleen Chesnut
dancing into Joy
Dickinson ND

Heinz Chinnow
Pomerania: 1945 Echoes of the Past
Sterling Heights MI

Dot Christenson
Green On Top
Cincinnati OH

Lillian Cincone
Palo Alto CA

James R. Clark
American Soldier at 13 Years Old WWII
Olympia WA

Al Clough
The Old Man on the Deck
Ellston IA

Becky Coffield
Life Was A Cabaret
Wickenburg AZ

Mary Coffman-Burke
Wait! I’m Not Trained for This!
Spotsylvania VA

Joseph A. Conover
Living One on One with God
Orangevale CA

Catharine Cool
Each In His Lonely Night
Oakton VA

Catharine Cool
Vivid Air
Oakton VA

Gerald F. Cox
The Radical Peasant
Navarro CA

Alan Blain Cunningham
Stepping Stone Journey
American Fork UT

M.L. Davis
Metairie LA

Kathyrn Chambers Davis
We Packed For Adventure
Menomonee Falls WI

Donna R DeMuth Patricia J. DeMuth
Merry Christmas from a Little Town Called Paxton
Paxton IL

Nicholas P. Dennen
23: Time to Choose
Lakeville MN

Steve Descloux
Two Tales Of Old Kodiak
Kodiak AK

R. H. Dick
My Time There
Saint Louis MO

Phyllis Amoth Dirks
The Meadowlark’s Song
Auburn WA

Maribeth R. Ditmars
Christopher’s Journey
Sarasota FL

Terence Dorsey
Purpose of Life, My Testimony
Randallstown MD

Paul M. Duke Stephanie Duke
Dear Stephanie, Dear Paul
Medina OH

Betty Dunn
Ju-Ju Swallowed a Penny
Navasota TX

Jeanne M. Eck
I Am Happier to Know You
Wheeling WV

Mary D. Edwards
Born Grown
Detroit MI

Genya Ehrlich
Bus Stories and Others
San Francisco CA

Carolyn Elise
The Rolley Coaster Ride
Fullerton CA

Mac Elliot
Life Inbetween Class
Los Angeles CA

Patti Williams Essig
Love Forever, Mother: Italian Kitchen Memories
Naperville IL

H F Jansen Estrup
War Stories For My Grandchildren
Onyx CA

Dino Fanara
Angel of the East Indies
Liberty Lake WA

Michael G. Farley
Mid Life Crisis
Novi MI

Julie Fairfield Felicelli
It’s My Turn … Now, Where Was I?
Northville MI

Daniel Burch Fiddler
I Was A Younger Brother And Other Life-Threatening Experiences
Idyllwild CA

Peter L. Fischl
And The World Who Said Nothing
Chino Hills CA

Eileen Fleming
Third Intifada/Uprising: Nonviolent But With Words Sharper Than A Two-Edged Sword
Clermont FL

Theresa L. Flores
The Sacred Bath
Columbus OH

Charles Fockaert
Deadbeat Dad
Oe Dong, Gimhae Korea, Democratic Peoples’ Republic

A.M. Foley
Having My Say
Elliot Island MD

Jenna Forrest
help is on its way
Durham NC

Frank Fowler
High-mountain Two-manner
Dillon MT

Juhli Fox
What Time is it?
Bellevue WA

Dorothy Fry
Leftovers From The Picnic
Peoria IL

William Fuller with Jack Haines
Reckless Courage
Marion MA

Alex Gabbard
Adventures of an H-Bomb Mechanic
Lenoir City TN

Ann H. Gabhart
Angels at the Crossroads
Lawrenceburg KY

Jon Garate
Stories From The Livingroom
Saint Helena CA

Shelley Wood Gauld
Much Bigger than Grownups
Wheat Ridge CO

Kathleen Gerard
Still Life
Township of Washington NJ

Roger J Geronimo
Marry for Money
Saint Augustine FL

Laura Cockerille Giannanini
The Kokapelli Journals
Barboursville VA

Margie Summers Gladney
If This Be Not Love
Roswell GA

Reginald L. Goodwin
Unemployed: A Memoir
Cedar Park TX

Alan Gorsuch
All The Ways I Found to Hurt Myself
Tacoma WA

Geo Gosling
TBI Hell
Saint Helena CA

Cynthia Fraser Graves
Never Count Crow
West Kennebunk ME

Oscar Green
Hampton The War Years
Medford MA

Paul Green Tischa Green
America Through the Lives of Family
Rohnert Park CA

Kari Grady Grossman
Bones That Float
Lander WY

Earl Ernest Guile
Secrets to a Richer Life
Dhahran 31311 Saudi Arabia

Corie Gunderson
Federal Way WA

Peter Haase
Rostock, City by the Sea
Stuart FL

George M. Hahn
The Lottery
Carmel CA

Neil Halford
The Sound of Sight
Littleton CO

Robert Gary Haller
Life of a Bluenose
Williamstown NJ

Andrew Clifford Hansen Jr.
Navy "Blues"
Blair NE

Cory B. Harris
Zipper Le Series One
Midland TX

Tim Haslam
Stars & Stripes and Shadows
Walnut Creek CA

Bill Hausman
My Life With Ev
Fort Wayne IN

Bill Hausman
My Life Before Ev
Fort Wayne IN

Bill Hausman
55 Years Out Of My Mind
Fort Wayne IN

Richard M. Haviland
Did You Ever Get to Edinburgh?
West Chester PA

Margaret Ann Hayes
"I’m Only The Editor"
Okanagan Falls BC Canada

Jim Henry
Taste This, Taste Thar: Life of Jim Heaney, Dilettante
Columbia SC

John Hesselbein
Allegheny Mountain
Sacramento CA

Olivia Claire High
An Angel Among Us
Oroville CA

Don Hochanadel, Sr.
Odyssey to Life
Olathe KS

JB Hogan
From Basic To Baghdad
Dover DE

Adele Gwinner Hooker
The Gwinner Family Saga
Milwaukie OR

Suzy Hopkins Betsy Baker Nutting
Test of Faith
Columbia CA

Freia I. Hopper-Bradford
The Winter Years Of World War II
Wetmore CO

Linda Horton
Time Will Tell
Pinedale CA

Carol Houlihan
From the Land of Beauty and Grace
Athens NY

Craig Howard
When Life was Egg Creams and Baseball Teams
Parkland FL

Bob Hubbert
Only When I Talk
Los Lunas NM

Kathleen Huddle
Mama With a Blue Face
Elmira NY

Gene Hull
Hooked on a Horn
Fort Pierce FL

Gene Hull
Hooked on a Horn
Fort Pierce FL

Glenda Watson Hyatt
I’ll Do It Myself
Surrey BC Canada

Betty J. Iverson
Tabea’s Story
Moraga CA

Julia Halprin Jackson
Weird Squared
Robbins CA

Erica Jantzen
Sheer Survival: from Brazil to Kyrgyzstan
Waterloo ON Canada

M.K. Jeppeson
For The Time Being
Chandler AZ

Mary Ann Johnson
Adventures in the Golden Years
Central Point OR

Tom & Joyce Jones
The Little Boy That Could
Fair Grove MO

Ayla Kampp
There’s Always Another Life
Mahwah NJ

Harold Kaplan
Tall Tales & Short Stories
Rancho Mirage CA

Mike King
In The Blink Of An Eye
Redhill Surrey United Kingdom

Julian M. King
Sand In Our Shoes
Gold Canyon AZ

Margret Kingrey
Alaska Stories
Carver MA

Heather Kizewski
Swimming With Wild Cats
Amherst WI

Michael Kleiner
Beyond The Cold
Philadelphia PA

Elaine Luddy Klonicki
All on Account of You
Raleigh NC

Cecilia Kochanowski
Croton-on-hudson NY

Bruce Ladd
Ladd Paddock Family
Chapel Hill NC

Annette Langer
Healing Through Humor: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life!
Pleasanton CA

Lucienne T. Lanson, MD Patricia L. Tetzlaff, PHM
Grace Hudson Artist of the Pomo Indians
Sebastopol CA

Nicholas G Lardas
Ikaria Remembered
Beacon Falls CT

Linda Lee
Autism Living with My Brother Tiger
Salem OR

Mark Lee, MD
Beyond the Colors
New Orleans LA

Mary Lightfine Kathy Craven
Nurses, Nomads, And Warlords
Daytona Beach FL

James Tex Litton
They Call Me Tex
Tyler TX

David Louis
Scars That Can Heal
Honolulu HI

Nancy Parker Lynch
More Than Donuts
Trenton GA

Beryl MacDonlad
Once Upon A War
Salem OR

John F. Magill, Jr. Ed. D. Kathryn L. Magill M.S.
Public Education in the New Millenium
Millerstown PA

Beverly Mahone
Durham NC

Nancy Manahan
Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully
Minneapolis MN

Jeff Lee Manthos
Steel Beach
Corvallis OR

Barbara Marshak
Hidden Heritage
Lakeville MN

Pat Maximoff
Rights of the Heart
Los Altos CA

N.J. Mayfield
Being Your Best!
Ponca City OK

Rochelle LaMotte McDonald
Educating Shelly
Anchorage AK

Roswitha McIntosh
The Madman & his Mistress
Alameda CA

Wess Mcintosh, M.I.D. as told to Tom Douglas
Permission Granted
Oakville ON Canada

Theodore McNelly
Witness to the Twentieth Century
Silver Spring MD

Jane Menetrey
Caring Warrior
Niceville FL

Cheryl Grady Mercier Ethel J. David
My Lover the Rabbi, My Husband the Doctor
Pitman NJ

Dr. Sabrina Eileen Mickel
This is my Story…This is my Rhyme
Cleveland OH

Joan F. Miles
Orange Park FL

Joan Cameron Mitchell
Comin’ Through the Wry
Colorado Springs CO

Mary Jane Hamilton Mohr
Selvidge Street Stories
Dalton GA

Lenwood L. Monte
Pecatonica Odyssey
Ames IA

Hannia S. Moore
Liberty’s Poet: Emma Lazarus
New York NY

Anoni Mous
Crooked Friends
New York NY

Ramona L. Mudd
Faking Normal
Saint Charles MO

Frank and Jeanette Mundus
Fifty Years a Hooker
Naalehu HI

Darlene Dunn Nance
Don’t Die for Love
Shawnee Mission KS

Tim Noble
Fair Winds And Follownig Seas
Foley AL

Katherine Norberg
You Can’t Wallpaper My Igloo
Homer AK

Arthur C. Novacek
One Step Ahead
Fort Lauderdale FL

Jill E. Novak
The Gift of Family Writing
Lake Zurich IL

Patrick J. Nowak
Forty Cars That Owned Me
Holland MI

Glory C. Odemene
Columbus OH

Tim Olney
an ordinary box of life
Amherst OH

Captain Craig T. Olson
So This Is War
San Antonio TX

Angie O’Verseth
Alfie and Pink Lemonade
Parkers Prairie MN

Terry Pappy
14 Days
Orlando FL

Sharon Parenteau
I Cry for the Little Girl
Endicott NY

Bobby D. Parker
Miracles From Heaven
Broomfield CO

George Dee Parrish
A Reed Family History
Muskegon MI

Clarence Floyd Patten, III Dale E. Sporleder
124 Years Before The Navy Mast
Carmel IN

Floyd A Peede Jr.
Fly High / Fly Low
Americus GA

Carol Perrin
On The Inside
Cadillac MI

Clark C. Peterson
Blasted Onto A Pile of Rubble
Hinckley MN

Maria Petringa
Brazza, A Life For Africa
Washington DC

Evelyn Pinner
Deadwood Dick
Lake Wales FL

Deborah Slappey Pitts
I Feel Okay
Columbus GA

Mary Porter-Chase
Dementia’s Borderland
Windsor CA

James C. Potter
When I Met You
Salem VA

Robin Lynn Pratt
take ten: meditations for the hurried parent
Salt Lake City UT

John Knowles Probst
Rude Awakenings
Quincy CA

Thomas Quigley
The Other End Speaks Out
Scotch Plains NJ

Ethel Erickson Radmer
Conversations with Carl
Cary NC

Frankie Beathard Rathburn
Ten Kids and A Teacher
Gresham OR

Steve Reichstein
The Love Temples of Khajuraho
Forest Hills NY

Steve Reilly
The Fat Lady Never Sings
Seymour CT

Susan Reynolds
Walking Outside the Box
Hillsboro NM

Angie Richart-Lawburgh
The River In Me
Brownstown IN

Cheryle Ann Rietmann
Finding Myself, Finding My Daughter
Ione OR

Ken Robertson
Windcharm : A Dream Delayed
Victoria Harbour ON Canada

J. Terry Robinson
Before the Duel at Sommocolonia
New York NY

Andrew J Rodriguez
Adios, Havanna
Golden CO

Andrew J. Rodriguez
Adios, Havana
Golden CO

Daneill Rose
The Journey of a Lonely Heart
Richmond VA

Sandy Ross
A Place Called The Bla-Bla Café
Tarzana CA

Richard Roukema, M.D.
Spouse of the House
Ridgewood NJ

Frank Rush III
Come Have Fun With Frank Rush at Craterville Park and Sandy Lake Amusement Park
Dallas TX

Judith Lingle Ryan
Journey from Mount Rainier
Nyack NY

Garrett K. Scanlon
Walking and Talking
Columbus OH

Bernice Schachter
The Masks of My Muse
Laguna Woods CA

Georgina (Williamson) Schaff
As I Remember…
Lemmon SD

Richard C. Scheinberg, LCSW, BCD
Turning Trauma Into Triumph
Bay Shore NY

Mathilde Apelt Schmidt
My Life On Two Continents
Castro Valley CA

Ruth Elisabeth Schoch
On the Other Side of the Ocean
St. Paul MN

Lola (Bollom) Schroeder William J. Bollom
A Speck In God’s Eye
Fremont WI

Rosemarie Schulga
In the Shadow of the Mill
Tucson AZ

Charlotte Seawell
Killing The Helicopter Woman
Bothell WA

Della Sellers
A Legacy of Silence
Prescott AZ

Francis T. Sganga
The Diary Of A Dying Man
New Smyrna Beach FL

Bob Shannon
Waddling To War On LST 834
Columbia SC

Barbara J. Shave
Raven Tricks
Kelowna BC Canada

Lynette K.G. Sheffield
They Still Drop Turkeys At KTWS In Bend, Oregon
Bend OR

Deborah Shouse
Love in the Land of Dementia
Shawnee Mission KS

Adrienne Silk
Confessions from the Beauty Trade
Jersey City NJ

Jack Skelly
I Remember Cuba
Fort Lauderdale FL

Jessica Skok
Ring Around the Rosie
Winamac IN

Debra Stuart Smalley
With This You Have The Works
Lakeside AZ

Grace Smokowski
Where I Last Saw You
Buffalo NY

Ruth Mugridge Snodgrass
On Goes the River
Dover OH

Anne Southworth
NEXT FRIEND: The Journal of a Foster Parent
Cleveland OH

A. Louise Staman
Loosening Corsets
Macon GA

Maria Grazia Stanfield
A Still Motion Picture
Suwanee GA

Eugene Staples
Old Gods New Nations
New York NY

Doris C. Steffy
Mrs. Steffy
Green Valley AZ

Dottye Steinbach
Pass It On!
Lakeland FL

Dorothy Stephens
Kwa Heri Means Goodbye
Marblehead MA

Valleria Strachan
Nassau New Providence Bahamas

Sarah Stup
Are Your Eyes Listening?
Frederick MD

Marlys Marshall Styne
Reinventing Myself
Chicago IL

Owen Stanley Surman, M.D.
After Eden: A Love Story
Newton Centre MA

Vida Sutton William R. Sutton
The Wind Blew Him West
Tracy CA

Mary Hilaire (Sally) Tavenner, Ph.D.
Memories of Mom: They Callled Her "Dutch"
Lorain OH

Duffie J. Taylor
Surviving College After 60
Red Oak TX

William B. Terry Gladys W. Terry
An African Expedition
Walnut Creek CA

Ayleene Thompson
Dead Cats Potato Soup & A Naked Man
Hoover AL

Linda S. Thompson
Fran’s Story
Gilbert AZ

Stacey A. Toben
Not a Victim of Circumstance
Glendale AZ

Melodee Tomsu Doug Tomsu
Smiling Places
Ocala FL

David R. Torrence
Pat My Fanny
Meherrin VA

L Tremaine
The Side of Heaven
Chandler AZ

Tom Tuohy
Kiss of a Dolphin
Chicago IL

Jane U
5th of Auckland New Zealand

J.A. Valle
An Arrangement
Chualar CA

J. Bryant VanCronkhite
Our Four Loaves of Bread
Madison WI

Karen Vanderlaan
Show and Tell
Ogden UT

Margarete (Gretl) Stockhammer Vegvari
A Bouquet of Wild Strawberries
Torrance CA

George H. Waple, III
Country Boy Gone Soldiering
Red Bank NJ

David Lee Waters Sr. with Anita A. Tarlton
Sowing & Reaping a Fearless Heart – Convicted Not Comdemned
Winnsboro SC

Margaret Watkins
The Fine Line
Stanley ID

Steve Welker
The World At My Fingertips
Phoenix AZ

Michael Whitehead
Messages from Babylon
Tallahassee FL

Annette Januzzi Wick
I’ll Be in the Car
Loveland OH

Julie B. Wiest
We Were There
Knoxville TN

David R. Wilkowske
The Chronic Job Hopper
Demopolis AL

Peter N. Williams
Whistling In The Soup
Newark DE

Art Williams with Karen Kassel Hutto
COACH the A.L. Williams Story
Dacula GA

Sharon Lee Willing
No One to Cry To
Tucson AZ

Stephanie Wills
The Road to Emotional Healing
Philadelphia PA

Stephen L. Wilson
Answering the Call
St. Paul MN

Julianna Withey
The Tenth Child
Palm Coast FL

David Wolgroch
Creation out of Nothingness
Barnet London United Kingdom

David Wolgroch
Barnet United Kingdom

Lauryne Wright
On a Revolution
Minneapolis MN

Roger L. Youmans
When Bull Elephants Fight
Princeton NJ

Brenda Youngerman
Private Scars
Downey CA

Suellen Zima
Memoirs of a Middle-aged Hummingbird
Laguna Woods CA

Gayle Zinda
Pink Lemonade
Stoughton WI

Ta Zuru
They Called Him Mallam
Elkhart IN

Category Winners and Entrants

Grand Prize Winner
Young Adult (YA)
Genre Fiction
Life Stories
Mainstream Fiction

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