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RPLA Showcase: Fern Goodman

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase
Royal Palm Literary Award

Each year at the Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often done in the privacy of the home with little to no recognition. Our goal is to showcase the best of the best at the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards and provide First Place winners with a well-deserved spotlight. Not only are we recognizing extraordinary talent, but we’re giving readers an opportunity to sample excerpts from the winning stories.

2015 Unpublished Creative Nonfiction

Subby Says by Fern Goodman

Fern Goodman

Fern Goodman won First Place in the Unpublished Creative Nonfiction category. In Subby Says, Robyn thought she had finally found a real best friend, but her subconscious wasn’t so sure. Unfortunately, her Subby was right.

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Excerpt from Subby Says

Q & A with Fern Goodman

Q: Where do you get your story ideas?

A: My life, it’s a funnel cloud emitting untold droplets of creative non-fiction.

Q: Anything in particular about your award-winning RPLA entry that you’d like to share?

A: To win first place for my first win was so exciting I had put my dress on inside out. I sat through the entire dinner and ceremony and didn’t know it until a couple at the table behind me told me at the end of the evening.

Q: Who do you credit with inspiring your writing?

A: My sister, she said I was the funniest person she knows and I should either do stand-up comedy or write. I hate standing. 

Q: Any tips for new writers?

A: Get advice from other writers, be humble, learn as much as you can, and keep writing even though approximately 81% of  Americans think they have a book in them. Don’t let 199 million other writers intimidate you!


Thank you for sharing, Fern, and congratulations! Visit her website: www.ferngoodman.com
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Award-winning author Bria Burton lives in St. Petersburg with her wonderful husband and two wild pets. They will soon welcome a baby boy (their first) in November 2017. Her fiction has appeared in over twenty anthologies and magazines. Her novelette, The Running Girls, is a 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist. Her novella, Little Angel Helper, won a 2016 RPLA. She has earned two First Place RPLAs for unpublished manuscripts. While she writes, her dog and cat do their best to distract her, which is why they star in her family-friendly short story collection, Lance & Ringo Tails. She's a blogger and customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company. As a member of the Florida Writers Association, she leads the St. Pete chapter and serves on the statewide FWA Board. She's also a member of the Alvarium Experiment, a by-invitation-only consortium of outstanding authors who created The Prometheus Saga, Return to Earth, and The Masters Reimagined anthologies. Website www.briaburton.com

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