Which Manistee County writer won an award?


The EVVY Awards are among the nation’s oldest book awards competitions for independent authors and publishers and are one of the most rigorously judged book competitions, according to a press release.

“I am both thrilled and humbled by this recognition of my writing,” Wemlinger said in the statement.

“The Widow and the Warrior” tells the story of an Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant forced to retire or face potential charges for certain acts of vigilante justice he committed while served in Afghanistan. In retirement, he becomes a recluse until he is asked to return to his hometown of Frankfort, Michigan to help protect an innocent woman whose life is in danger. As he performs his protective duties, he is called upon again to take matters into his own hands in order to save her life.

“John Wemlinger is no stranger to literary awards. Her third novel, ‘Before the Snow Flies,’ won the 2019 EVVY Book Awards and Foreword Review’s Indie Book Awards,” Mission Point Press business manager Doug Weaver said in the release. “Her latest novel, “The Cut,” was named Michigan’s Outstanding Book of 2022 by the Michigan State Library and now “The Widow and the Warrior” has won gold.

“He is a prolific writer and this series of awards attests to the quality of what he writes.”

Wemlinger, a retired US Army colonel, lives in Onekama and all but one of his books are set along the shore of Lake Michigan.

“I write about what I know and it’s our country’s great veterans and the sacrifices they and their families make,” Wemlinger said.

All of Wemlinger’s books are available at Amazon in ebook or paperback format. Visit johnwemlinger.com for more information or to preview the first four chapters of any of his novels.


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