2011 - Our finalist this year is Linda Goodnight. Check back next Thursday for the story.
2010 - Finding Her Way Home by Linda Goodnight
2008 - A Touch of Grace by Linda Goodnight
2008 - Pamela Tracy finaled with her Love Inspired Suspense Pursuit of Justice. Pamela says, "I knew when I started this book that it was different. The story had been hammering at me for years, begging me to give it a turn. From the first page, it felt right. When it finaled in the RITA, I felt like someone had just whispered in my ear, 'Hey, you really can write.' I felt like Cinderella the entire conference.
2007 - Allie Pleiter finaled with My So-Called Love Life
2006 - One finalist this year was Lyn Cote. She had this to say.
"The first book in my Women of Ivy Manor historical series, Chloe, finaled in 2006. Finaling in the RITA bolstered my confidence and helped me be more adventurous in what I write. My book Chloe has remained one my most popular and controversial books. I say controversial because either readers love the heroine or hate her. But once they start reading her story they can't stop reading. Chloe was one of my few heroines who didn't start out as a brave woman. Life beat her up in many ways till she finally saw matters clearly and could take charge of her life. She is the matriarch in the remaining books of the series and everyone looks up to her. But early in the 20th century, she had been raised to be just a pretty face, an elegant hostess and nothing more, but she became a woman of character, one I've proud to have written.
2006 - Terri Reed also finaled in the RITA in 2006 with her second Love Inspired Romance A Sheltering Love.
There you have it!
Most of us Craftie Ladies have our Writers' Goals. Winning a RITA is fourth on my list of five things to do during my writing journey.
How about the rest of you?