Wow, I would have never guessed this would be the next title I could add to my name but it is. Literary Trailblazer of the Year no less. I just love that word – Trailblazer.
Trailblazer is defined as a person who makes, does, or discovers something new and makes it acceptable or popular; or a leader or pioneer in a particular field.
When I think of trailblazers I think of people like Oprah Winfrey who broke the mold on television stereotypes as the ground-breaking talk show host and today the billionaire network owner continues to do new amazing things in the world of entertainment. Or Gabby Douglas the 16-year-old gymnast who became the first African American to win a gold medal in the individual all-around event. Or Misty Copeland who became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history.
Today I too wear the title Trailblazer as the visionary author of Camouflaged Sisters the first book to chronicle the Black Woman’s military experiences. It’s still a little strange because all I wanted to do was share my and my coauthor’s stories as military women. What I’ve stumbled across is a community of Sisters in Arms with incredible stories to share. What I’ve created is a community for Military Women to share their stories through books and radio, with more platforms to come.
I am so honored to have won the Literary Trailblazer of the Year award at the Indie Authors Legacy Award show on June 18 in Baltimore, Maryland. I was so honored to stand up on that stage and accept that award on behalf of my coauthors. I was so honored to represent the many women who serve in our great nation’s military, each with her own amazing story to tell.
This recognition means a lot to me and I don’t take it lightly. This award confirms that we, Military Women, do have amazing stories to share and the world wants to hear them. Who better to tell YOUR STORY than YOU #CamouflagedSisters.