It was a first time occurrence. No one could have predicted it. It was a competition with a revered award. How the author would react was discussed, but the bigger question was what the other nominees would think. Corrupted Decoys was a brave but fictional account of one woman’s journey into the underworld of the Mafia. Chapter after chapter the main character cited her adolescent fascination with scenes befitting the movie The Godfather. It predestined an encounter that led to meeting and falling in love with the town bookie. Tears fell from her righteous family with the announcement of their marriage. Each page of the novel explored the dramatic impact of criminal activity on daily living. The intrigue of the Mafia style loyalty became an entrapment of hellish proportions as the plot unfolded. Characterizations were intertwined with perceptions of choices that involved right and wrong with good and evil.
The big surprise came with the April announcement of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Gasps could be heard at the formal announcement. It was historic because the nominating panel of judges chose an unfinished novel, Corrupted Decoys. Their declaration stated their decision was based on hope that it would encourage the author to complete the novel. The judges projected an outcome that would reflect the creative mind of the prize winner.
The author was stunned but appreciative of the reward of extra time BECAUSE……
1.) Multitasking was a daily ritual that conflicted and interfered with a structured
writing routine. As a proclaimed SEO queen she was responsible for keeping friends and family attuned to what was hot and not. She had established a name for herself on the social networking circuit.
2.) Life principle number two involved affirmations from every living family member and friend that there was definite future promise in publication success.
3.) And of course, the author needed the time to chronicle the inspiration of the creative process that developed Corrupted Decoys. It was only a day away when press releases would be needed and talk show reps would be calling. The conversation drill needed practice.
Despite the criticism of her peers who were reeling with disapproval over the compromise of the Pulitzer committee with their selection of the unfinished novel, one must remember that Mary Walsh is the first and only author to be granted the prestigious Pulitzer for an unfinished novel……IN HER DREAMS.