Various organizations have honored me with awards over the years. Since very few folks actually get to see my
garrett office, I figured I’d “hang” them on the virtual wall here. Also, some are virtual awards, so it works out…
Honourable mention “Best Gay Fantasy” 2011 Rainbow Awards, and Honorable Mention in the Pauline Reage Novel Award given by NLA-I for excellence in BDSM writing for The Prince’s Boy.
My online web serial “Daron’s Guitar Chronicles” won the inaugural Rose and Bay Awards for Crowdfunded Fiction.
In 2010 I was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival’s Hall of Fame for GLBT Writers and Editors. They spring this honor on people as a surprise, so imagine my reaction when I opened the program book for the literary festival and paged through to the page about the award ceremony! No wonder they told me it was very important to be there for the closing ceremonies! Another nice note: my aunt, Maureen Brady, was also inducted the year before. I wager we’re the only family with multiple members in that Hall of Fame…
This one really belongs to Sarah Desautels. It’s the NLA: International Writing Award from 2010, for the anthology she and I co-edited, LIKE A THORN: BDSM Fairy Tales. The NLA Writing Awards are given annually to the best short story, novel, article, non-fiction book, and anthology which depicted or dealt with themes of BDSM, leather, kink, and erotic power exchange.
I’ve been nominated for some other awards including the Lambda Literary Award and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, long/shortlisted for the Tiptree Award, possibly a few others I’m forgetting, but I’ve yet to win one of those.
The National Leather Association (now NLA: International) and I go way back. I was named Woman of the Year at one point and then in 2004 received the Lifetime Achievement Award, for all the work I’d done in the New England local community, for founding the Fetish Fair Fleamarket, and for publishing kink-positive fiction with Circlet Press. And writing.
Then in early 2011, out of the blue, I was given the President’s Award by Pantheon of Leather. Wow! A total surprise and when I say it is an honor to be recognized by fellow activists and community leaders I don’t come close to conveying the depth of what it means. So many people work so hard to make our community what it is, so many people give of themselves, their time and energy, I barely feel I deserve to be singled out. Then again, every time I win something like this, I get re-invested in activism, so when I win, the community wins…?