Author's top US award

PUBLISHED: 15:01 11 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:54 15 May 2019

Katie Ward signing copies of her book. Picture Kelly Lamb.

Katie Ward signing copies of her book. Picture Kelly Lamb.

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Former Shute school pupil's first novel is given a Book Readers Appreciation Group medallion

An East Devon author's debut novel has received a prestigious US award aimed at highlighting excellence in independently published books.

Katie Ward, who attended Shute Primary |School, near Axminster, won the coveted BRAG Medallion for her story 'The Pretender'

The accolade from the Book Readers Appreciation Group came after a rigorous review process looking at the quality of the book's plot, writing style, characterisation, cover, dialogue and copy editing.

Only a fraction of submitted books are eligible to receive the award which requires a unanimous verdict by the ten-strong judging panel.

Katie said: "I am absolutely delighted. This is one of the most prestigious quality awards an independent author can receive. The quality of my book has always been of paramount importance and to be given an award that recognises that means I achieved exactly what I set out to do."

All books that carry the BRAG medallion sticker are guaranteed to be quality assured reads.

'The Pretender' - inspired by Mark Twain's 'The Prince and the Pauper' - is available via Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions.

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