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A very special day

As many of you know by now, in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, I was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Not long ago, I was invited to Government House in Sydney to be presented with my award by His Excellency General The Honourable David John Hurley, Governor of New South Wales.

Throughout my career I have addressed 2,000 delegates at a Romance Writers of America National Congress, been interviewed on national television by everyone from Ray Martin to Kerry Anne Kennerley, and served as an Australia Day Ambassador for a decade. But when it came to the investiture, I was more nervous than I’ve ever been.

First you stand in front of the assembled VIPs and guests while an aide explains how wonderful you are, then you approach the governor who pins the medal on you. I have photos proving all this, but a total blank where His Excellency spoke to me and I responded. It was that kind of day.

During the investiture ceremony

We were blessed with glorious spring weather to enjoy the gardens after the presentation. And because this was the time when Queen Elizabeth became the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, we toasted her health, then those of us old enough to remember the words sang God Save the Queen.

The most common response I heard from other honorees, is that there are many people more worthy of such recognition. I certainly feel that way. At the same time I’m delighted that a key reason for the award was my being a role model and mentor to emerging writers.

Of all the aspects of my career giving me the most pleasure, mentoring other writers along their journey to publication stands out. While writing books remains the cornerstone of my work, sharing the journeys of new writers, not always publicly, gives me huge satisfaction.

Then there are the wonderful communities, large and small, where I’ve been privileged to serve as their Australia Day Ambassador. From giving the Australia Day address, participating in citizenship ceremonies and presenting community service awards, I’m blown away by how much these generous individuals and groups contribute to their communities. I’m also reminded how fortunate and thankful I am to be an Australian, especially at times like this.

Valerie Parv AM

Valerie and her guests, Linda Tate (left) and Margaret Lawrence (right) with His Excellency Governor David Hurley

NATIONAL MEDAL AWARDED
TO VALERIE PARV

  “The ASA Board awards the ASA Medal bi-annually to honour members of Australia’s writing community who have contributed significantly to our literary culture. Your contribution has been judged outstanding across the board, from the quality of your writing to your hard work in support of other authors, the principles of authorship and this organization itself.”

"This is one award that has to be earned" – Angelo Loukakis


Angelo Loukakis, Executive Director
of the Australian Society of Authors,
after presenting Valerie Parv with the ASA Medal 2014

In accepting the ASA Medal, Valerie said:
"As one whose first books were chiselled on cave walls, I am honoured to be given this award and would also like to congratulate my fellow honoree for 2014, Nadia Wheatley.

My first published book, Growing and Using Herbs (Ure Smith), caused little fanfare in my family, not being a blockbuster or even a novel.

It took joining the Australian Society of Authors to make me realise I’d done something that mattered, I’d written a book and had it published, the first of more than eighty novels and non-fiction titles. I’m proud to be that rare breed, a writer supporting myself through my writing since my twenties.

In the Australian Society of Authors, I had great mentors, not only in matters of craft but also in the importance of giving back to a profession that has been so good to me.

As well as the ASA executive and membership, I’d like to thank my agent of twenty years, Linda Tate. She not only has my back, but my front and the top of my head as well, even if I’m still waiting for that body double I asked for.

Receiving such an important award decided by your peers has to be as good as it gets. Thank you so much.”

Valerie

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Entries for the
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The winner will be announced at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Adelaide Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August

The 2015
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