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Former Lake Oswego resident wins literary award

LOHS grad garners a Purple Dragonfly Award


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Award-winning author Margi Morris Evans is a former Lake Oswego resident.Three children and a host of trolls and leprechauns have magicked a former Lake Oswego resident into first place in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category of a children’s literature contest.

Author Margi “M.J.” Morris Evans’ child heroes in “North Mystic” garnered her a Purple Dragonfly Book Award, which is not an easy feat. A minimum score is required in order to place in the writers’ competition, even if an entry is the only one in its category. There also is no publication-date limit for the competing works, so long as a book is still in print, according to a press release.

“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor,” said Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards.

Evans said her first reaction was one of disbelief.

“Writers tend to doubt themselves and be their own worst critic,” she said. “I knew ‘North Mystic’ was a wonderful story, but I was still surprised to win. ... I use only clean language and teach good virtues, so I think that may have impressed the judges.”

“North Mystic,” ideal for ages 9 to 13, is an allegory of the Revolutionary War but with fantastical creatures.

“I have written a lesson plan for home schoolers and charter school (students) that they can use to study the Revolutionary War using the book,” Evans said.

Evans said she attended Forest Hills Elementary and Lake Oswego Junior High, and graduated from Lake Oswego High School. She is a graduate of Oregon State University, a lifelong equestrian, former secondary school teacher and married mother who now lives in Colorado, according to her website.

Evans also has penned a trilogy: “Behind the Mist” and “Mists of Darkness” are out now. The final installment, “The Rising Mist,” is scheduled to publish on Tuesday.

Autographed copies of her books are available on her website, northmystic.com. Evans’ books are available at Barnes and Noble, Powells and Amazon.com. Her titles also can be found at the Lake Oswego Public Library at 706 Fourth St.

“Readers can get (‘North Mystic’) wherever books are sold, but the best prices are on Amazon or the author website,” Evans said.




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