and Elaine were not able to attend The Golden Crown Literary
Society conference in Chicago this year, but good news still
abounded. Lee's latest novel, Rainbow Gap, won
the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award! Here is Lee's response,
which is up with those of many other winners at the
This is a grand and happy
surprise. Thank you, readers, for the great honor of reading
Rainbow Gap, and for presenting
the book with the Ann Bannon Award. Thank you to Mary Phillips,
Watty, Michelle, and all of the GCLS volunteers. Golden
Crown provides us with a rare opportunity to honor one another.
The devotion of our volunteers humbles me and encourages
me to keep writing. I apologize for not joining all of you
this year. It was intended to be my year of rest.
I treasure my relationship with Bold Strokes Books and with
its President, Radclyffe; Rainbow Gap’s editor
Ruth Sternglanz; Senior Editor Sandy Lowe; editors Cindy
Cresap and Stacia Seaman; and all of the BSB team.
Thank you to my ever-strong supporters and friends: Ann
McMann, Lori L. Lake, Shelley Thrasher, Connie Ward, Mercedes
Lewis, KG McGregor, Sue Hardesty, Nel Ward, Jane Cothron,
MJ Lowe, Nell Stark, and Rachel Spangler, and so many others.