On Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Baltimore Maryland – Indie Legacy Author Awards nominated local author Karen Wright-Chisolm for co-author of the year for her chapter written in the #1 Best Selling Anthropology Book entitled- “Camouflaged Sisters – Silent No More”.
The Indie Author Legacy Awards (IALA) is the only of its kind, honoring modern impact-centered writers, who serve as unsung heroes within our communities. This monumental event was designed to specifically celebrate non-fiction literacy geared towards the promotion of social awareness, education and personal transformation. Indie’s mission is to recognize the courage and efforts of writers who use their gift of writing as a tool to develop community empowerment, business ownership and generational wealth building.
In June 2016, the inaugural ceremony gathered over 150 national independent authors, bloggers, entrepreneurs and advocates. While the focus of the event is to celebrate indie writers, Indie also celebrates our unity as a community to make a significant impact through our legacy.
This year, Karen Wright- Chisolm, Burke High School graduate was nominated and competed with six other co-authors around the United States as co-author of the year in the category anthology for her chapter in the book – “Camouflaged Sisters -Silent No More”. Unfortunately, Karen did not win in that category, but she along with the eleven authors celebrated winning 2017 Anthropology Book of the Year. Karen states that she still won as one of the co-authors of the book. Karen says she considers it an honor having been nominated. This was her first time writing and she is so proud of the fact that she was not only nominated, but also recognized by hundreds of well renowned authors all over the world. Karen stated that she is still a winner having taken part and contributing to the book of the year recognized by Indie Author Legacy Awards.
Karen was 1 of 12 authors in the book – “Camouflaged Sisters – Silent No More: which acquired her #1 Best Selling Author on over seven syndicates when the book was released on Veteran’s Day 2016.
In the “Camouflaged Sisters -Silent No More” – We see their strong, determined faces in uniform. We see their unceasing exhibition of honor and courage while protecting our country. But there is something we don’t see: victims of the system‚ – the system with the mission to protect all people of America, including its service members.
In “Camouflaged Sisters – Silent No More,” twelve women strip away all comfort and protection to share the struggles they’ve faced, not on the battlefield, but instead in places they never expected – in their homes, in their barracks, amongst friends. These are the stories of sexual trauma, domestic violence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other dangerous challenges women in the military fight every day.
This book gives a voice to the warrior who has suffered in silence, the soldier who has been plagued by pain, and the woman who will no longer stand for injustice but will rise up as a victor and speak her truth.
You can read about Karen and purchase her book from her website: karenwrightchisolm.com. All proceeds from Karen’s book will be used to assist other female veterans as they transition from the military to the workplace to be able to support themselves and their families and to overcome some of the trauma that they have had to deal with that they have kept silent for so many years.
Karen is in the process of completing her first book as a solo author to come out sometime in the near future. Karen’s compelling story has impacted lives of many who know her as well as others that have never meant her. Karen speaks to others and holds strong to her motto: “Never underestimate the power of someone else’s struggle unless you’ve walked in their shoes”.