Cam Terwilliger, recipient of the 2014 First Novel Fellowship from the James Jones Literary Society recently received another award for his novel-in-progress, Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart. The Historical Novel Society named his work winner of its New Novel Award 2015-16.
Juliet Mushens, one of the judges, said of the winning entry: ‘”The writing is beautiful – it’s incredibly evocative and lyrical. I thought that it was clever to have our narrator as an outsider too: wealthy and white, but set apart by his terrible pox. I loved the supporting characters, too, Bell was wonderfully mysterious and terrifying, and I enjoyed Beatrice very much and their relationship. I thought it captured well the early dealings between the colonists and the Native Americans.”
You can read an interview of Cam by Richard Lee of the Historical Novel Society here: