Monday, October 17, 2011

Overwhelmed with Awesome

I'm home. Tour was fast, furious, and ridiculously fun. More on it tomorrow.

Today I wanted to let you know about two incredible things that happened in the last few days.

The first: on Saturday, I won the Utah Book Award for Paranormalcy! (Found out via tweet from fellow-finalist-and-all-around-super-cool-lady Jessica Day George.) I'm incredibly honored and grateful. I'm not sure whether or not they read my acceptance paragraph (one of these days I'll win an award that I can actually attend the awards ceremony for!), but here it is:

I miss the mountains. Blasphemous for someone living in San Diego, but there it is. I miss knowing the contours of my horizon and filling it with my dreams. I miss being cradled against a history I can claim. I miss driving for a few minutes to wander canyon paths beneath aspen trees and be alone. There is not a lot of alone to be had in Southern California. Utah nourished me both as a person and a storyteller; I carry it as home with me everywhere. I wouldn’t be here without the mountains and the soul and the people of Utah. Thank you so much.

(DON'T TELL SAN DIEGO I WAS DISSING IT. SAN DIEGO IS ALSO AWESOME. I don't want to get banned from carne asada french fries or something.)

And then, as if the Utah Book Award wasn't enough awesome to be attached to all of the other awesome already attached to Paranormalcy, THIS happened:



OH MY GOSH! Thank you SO MUCH to all of my amazing teen readers who voted for Paranormalcy and made it a YALSA Teen Top Ten book! I'm still floored. I love, love, love this award, because unlike most awards, the books are selected and then voted on by teens--the audience I actually wrote the book for. I can't quite believe I'm on this list with so many authors whose work I love.

I'm happy and floaty and incredibly humbled and grateful today, from both of these amazing awards and from everyone who made it to the Dark Days tour stops. I have the best. freaking. job. EVER.

21 comments:

Katie Alender said...

Congratulations!

And don't be surprised if the next time you order carne asada fries, they hand you a basket of fries with a heap of Jello on top... O.O

Holly L'Oiseau said...

Yay for awards! Congrats!

Ann Best said...

That's wonderful, Kiersten! It makes me feel good when a good book gets the recognition it deserves!!

I can totally relate to your acceptance paragraph. Though I've settled in Virginia for the rest of my life, I was born and raised in Salt Lake City. Utah also nourished me, and will be in me as long as I live. (I also lived in San Diego the summer of 1960. The first time I had ever lived outside of Utah. It was/now seems like a beautiful dream.)
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

Amanda J. said...

Congratulations!!! YOU ROCK!! :D

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

So incredibly well deserved. Looks like I owe you a celebratory cupcake--a FULL SIZE ONE because this is too much awesome for a mini! :)

Blue said...

That's perfect, because I was with Jessica at her book launch Saturday afternoon, and then I came home and finished the last few chapters of the super Supernormalcy! It was such a perfect day.

Congrats on all the well-earned acclaim! ♥

Mikael said...

Congratulations! That is all very exciting and you deserve it! Your books are fantastic!

Julie Daines said...

Congratulations!

eleanorcalledella said...

Congratulations! You deserve it!

Tina Moss said...

Very awesome on all counts. Congratulations!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats. So excited for you.

Lexie said...

Congratulations! :D That's so awesome. I'm super happy for you.

Fiona L said...

A HUGE congrats! That's fantastic.

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Congrats! Though, I must say I'm not surprised. You're awesome! Keep writing good books for me to read!

Daisy Whitney said...

SO deserving

Kristi said...

Congrats!!! :)

Kris Summers said...

Congratulations. I'm so excited to see Paranormalcy up there (both because it's awesome and because I voted for it because of course it's awesome)!! :D

Kris Atkins said...

Congratulations! You must feel so good right now. It was great meeting you. Thanks for signing my books, telling me I'm awesome and not crazy, and just being awesome yourself. I can't wait to dive into PARANORMALCY.
And YAY for Utah! My mom and her family are from there, and I spent 5 fantastic years in Provo. It's a wonderful place.

Giles Hash said...

Woo hoo for awards! Congratulations. I'm glad you had a great time on your tour. It was awesome to meet you in person, and I'm really glad my wife and I could make it to both of your Denver-area events.

I so wish I didn't have other things I needed to spend my money on (like a mortgage, food, gas for my car) so that I could buy all of the by the authors who were there.

I also wish I could meet friendly, energetic authors like the four of you more often. (I've never met UNfriendly authors, I just don't get out much. I'm trying, though, and getting better at it.)

I'm VERY excited for Endlessly, now. Can we get the pub date pushed up a bit? Maybe to Christmas?

gryvon said...

Congrats! I can't wait to read Endlessly.

Natalie said...

Hi. I'm Natalie. I met you at Anderson's in Naperville. You are awesome. (I think you might've known that already, but I find it's nice to be reminded of one's awesomeness from time to time.) You said you would like to be a Japanese Pillow Ghost when I asked what type of paranormal creature you'd be, and we happen to be studying East Asia in world geography. So I told my teacher about the ghost. She gave me a disturbed look, patted me on the head like I was crazy, and walked away. I get that reaction a lot. :)