Local authors recognized for novel


Local authors Tracy Tripp and Edwards Mickolus received second place recently in the mystery or crime category at the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards for their novel, “White Noise Whispers.”

The Royal Palm Literary Awards are hosted annually by the Florida Writers Association. This is a highly regarded writing competition that celebrates excellence in writing across more than 20 genre categories for adults and five for youth.

The Royal Palm Literary Awards offer a platform for writers to showcase their literary works and gain valuable recognition. The competition is exclusive to members of the Florida Writers Association, a community of writers and other industry professionals committed to fostering literary excellence and camaraderie.

“White Noise Whispers,” published by The Wild Rose Press, was released in May.

The story follows Detective Jim Castile, who is hunting down a serial killer in Jacksonville and receives clues from a peculiar source: voices coming over his walkie-talkie — voices of the killer’s victims. The final voice Castile hears is that of his wife.

The novel’s antagonist is a psychiatric patient, a former U.S. Marine who fell in love with an embedded journalist during his service in the Iraq War. The horrific acts he’s forced to commit in the line of duty contribute to his decline, with the journalist becoming his first victim.

The Royal Palm Literary Awards, now in their 21st year, continue to shine a spotlight on the best in the world of literature. For information about the Royal Palm Literary Awards and the Florida Writers Association, go to floridawriters.org.