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Bringing Home the Gold: Undertow Wins FAPA Book Award

How do you spell ‘honored’? B-O-O-K  A-W-A-R-D.  Undertow just won a Gold medal! I’m still weeping with joy. All my thanks go to Team Undertow: editors Mary Ann De Stefano and Alice Peck, copy editor Ruth Mullen, book designer Duane Stapp, artist Rachel Chase, all the “first readers,” memoir professor Lezlie Laws, experts and authors who provided “blurbs,” and my husband, Hoyt Edge, for his magic, love, and those home cooked meals he put together for this writer when he preferred to watch basketball. I love you!

For the record, books were judged by librarians–oh how we revere them. Here’s the official announcement. Photo gallery below.


CONTACT: Ken Johnson, Committee Chairman

Florida Authors and Publishers Association

President’s Book Awards




Local Author Receives National Recognition

Lake Buena Vista, FL (8/5/2017) – The Annual 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards recognized Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International by Charlene L. Edge, in the category of Autobiography/Memoir, as a Gold medal winner.

Hosted by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, this prestigious national award is open to books published between 2016 and 2017.

“The FAPA President’s Book Award exists to promote excellence in the publishing industry by recognizing talented contemporary authors who put both heart and soul into their work. FAPA is proud to be a champion of authors and publishers going the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.” said Jane R. Wood, President-Elect of FAPA.

Undertow is a non-fiction book published by New Wings Press, LLC, which portrays cult manipulation.  After a personal tragedy left her bereft, teenaged Charlene rejected family and friends in 1970 when recruiters brought her into The Way International, a high-control sect led by Victor Paul Wierwille. The Way became one of the largest cults in America. Charlene gave it seventeen years of her life.

Medals were awarded at the annual FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet held this year at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in the Disney Springs TM Area of Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

“We are proud to announce this year’s winners who truly embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate.  We had a record number of entries this year. Competition was stiff! We salute all of our winners for their fine work,” said FAPA’s President, Terri Gerrell.

The Florida Authors & Publishers Association is an organization for authors, publishers, independent publishers, illustrators, editors, printers, and other professionals involved in the publishing industry. It focuses on providing the highest quality of information, resources, and professional development to members and others interested in the writing and publishing profession.



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9 Responses

  1. Bob
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    Congratulations, Charlene! What a wonderful achievement. Kind of makes all that hard work really worth it, huh?

    • Charlene L. Edge
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      It’s been a surprising journey. Thanks for your good wishes!
      All the best,

  2. Wendy G
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    Oh, my!! So excited for you and proud of you Charlene! And I can say, “I knew her when . . . . .” Apparently, the judges had an experience similar to mine: I could not put it down once I started reading it. And kudos to your support and assistance team. Kay and I were having lunch today and singing praises for both you and your book. So very well deserved.

    • Charlene L. Edge
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      Hi Wendy,
      Thanks so much for your note. Glad you liked the read. I’m very grateful for writer friends like you and Kay, and I am honored by your positive feedback.
      Warmest wishes,

  3. Hoyt Edge
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    It was a great event; I am so proud.

  4. Stacey
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    Congratulations! What a well-deserved honor.

  5. Mary Ann
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    The award is very much deserved! Congratulations, and thanks for the shout out!

  6. Monda Sue Prior
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    Congratulations Charlene! We corresponded about a year ago – I grew up in Van Wert, Ohio, birthplace of The Way. It’s always heartening to see stories such as your gain visibility and recognition.

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