Pittsburgh Author, Joyce Faulkner, Receives “Military Writers Society of America’s” Gold Medal Award for "In The Shadow of Suribachi"

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Pittsburgh Author, Joyce Faulkner was recently honored with the 2006 Gold Medal in historical fiction by the Military Writers Society of America for her book In the Shadow of Suribachi.

Pittsburgh Author, Joyce Faulkner was recently honored with the 2006 Gold Medal in historical fiction by the Military Writers Society of America - http://www.militarywriters.com/ - for her book IN THE SHADOW OF SURIBACHI. It tells the story of seven young men who, for different reasons, decide to join the Marines in World War II and meet on the beach at Iwo Jima. The story is told by means of individual fictional stories backed up by Faulkner’s interviews with veterans, historical research and her remembrance of her father’s tales of being a Marine caught in that hellish battle over 60 years ago.

The Military Writers Society of America was the brainchild of Founder and President, W. H. (Bill) McDonald Jr. A crew chief/door-gunner on UH-1D Huey helicopters in 1966 and 1967, Bill flew with the 128th Helicopter Assault Company out of Phu Loi, South Vietnam. He was awarded numerous medals, including: the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, fourteen Air Medals and the Purple Heart. It was Bill's vision to promote the works of other warriors who are driven to explore and reveal their experiences through fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. The Military Writers Society of America has a membership of over 500.

It was McDonald, who read and reviewed Faulkner’s book. He said of her, “She gives you such an honest and intimate portrayal of men who are in combat that one would think that she was actually there. Her WWII novel about the battle on Iwo Jima, IN THE SHADOW OF SURIBACHI, is compelling, intense, and realistic. She writes with a male energy unbeknownst to most female authors. She will draw you into her storyline and into the people she writes about.”

In October, Faulkner will attend the MWSA awards dinner in San Diego. Additional information on IN THE SHADOW OF SURIBACHI and other winners can be found at: http://www.militarywriters.com/awards.htm. The citation for Faulkner's book can be found at: http://www.militarywriters.com/review-In%20the%20Shadow%20of%20Suribachi.htm.

Faulkner, a chemical engineer turned writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studied creative writing at the University of Arkansas before she obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Cleveland State. Her education, along with her private passions of aviation, history, travel and philosophy, allowed her to use her sharp observation and creative skills to write a unique literary novel like In the Shadow of Suribachi.

For more information, or to schedule Ms. Faulkner for a book signing or presentation, contact Mindy Lawrence at mplawrence@redenginepress.com or 573-330-4015. Additional information on Faulkner and IN THE SHADOW OF SURIBACHI can be found at http://www.intheshadowofsuribachi.com and at http://www.joycefaulkner.com.

Mindy Lawrence

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Farmington, MO 63640



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