Longtime Los Gatos resident, veteran grant writer and filmmaker Victoria M. Johnson has been nominated as a finalist in the 2012 Bookseller’s Best Award.
Johnson was selected for her fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma, a romance novel set in rural Mexico that tells the story of a doctor and nurse who work in La Clínica Pediátrica, and the villagers whose lives they touch.
Johnson’s novel finaled in two categories: best traditional romance and best first book. The awards are sponsored by the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America. Johnson just returned from attending the reception and awards ceremony at the Anaheim Marriot.
Johnson’s previous book, Grant Writing 101: Everything You Need To Start Raising Funds Today, was written in response to numerous requests for fundraising advice from organizations for which she and her friends volunteered.
She recognized the need for a book that offered guidance to those with little time for formal training who needed simple instruction and many examples. “I knew they also needed sustainability tips so I included everything I could about 'strengthening the organization' and I wrote it as if I were having a conversation with friends,” she said.
An energetic speaker and longtime volunteer for the Friends of the Los Gatos Library, Johnson also interviews fundraising experts on her blogtalk radio show at www.blogtalkradio.com/grantwhisperer.
Link to The Doctor’s Dilemma: http://amzn.com/0803476701
Link to Grant Writing 101: http://amzn.com/0071750185
Editor's Note: This article was contributed by Los Gatos Poet Laureate Parthenia Hicks.