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Alexandria resident’s Book, “DARE TO BE RAW”, nominated for global award

Author & Speaker Melanie Willard

Local Author and Speaker Melanie Willard is up against hundreds of authors worldwide for prestigious 2018 Author Academy Award. “Dare to be Raw”, has been nominated in the memoir category for a 2018 Author Academy Award.   It’s an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry.

Dare to be Raw is Willard’s true story of triumph over tragedy.  This inspiring and honest memoir promises to inject the reader with newfound grit, faith, and compassion for human suffering. It is worthy of nomination, as Willard risked much by laying her life bare, so that others would find wisdom and courage for their journey.  Dare to be Raw is more than just a memoir, it is a tool that has infused hope and brought transformation to people of all ages and walks of life.

“By “daring to be raw”, I give others permission to do the same,” says Willard.  “Shame holds us silent.  Silence holds us bound.  We can all bounce back from adversity as long as we don’t suffer alone and in silence.  I am whole, at peace and free today because of God at work in my life.  The fact that I am alive to tell my tale, is nothing short of a miracle.”

“Hundreds of books from authors throughout the world are up for an Author Academy Award,” said Kary Oberbrunner, founder of Author Academy Elite and the Author Academy Awards. “Our goal is to help further connect this global community of authors, maintain excellence and integrity of the book publishing industry, and raise awareness that the stories being told and the authors who write them are worth our attention.”

Authors are being considered for the award in one of sixteen categories. Entries are being evaluated on popular vote, social contribution, and overall presentation (cover, content, flow, and originality) by the Academy’s voting membership comprised of best-selling authors, literary agents and industry leaders.

You can support Melanie with your vote by going to: and scroll down to the “Ready to Vote” section. Then click the right arrow to the Memoir category, 5th out of 16 categories, then find and click on “Dare to be Raw.”

The top ten finalists in each category will be invited to present their book synopsis at an Author Academy Awards Red Carpet Session in October, in Columbus, Ohio.

Dare to be Raw is available on Amazon worldwide, or locally at The Review offices.

Willard, a transparent and dynamic speaker helps organizations grow in resilience while breaking the silence and stigma attached to human suffering.  To find out more please visit her website at:

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