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Darracott wins 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award

University of North Georgia faculty member David Darracott, who teaches English, has been named 2015 Georgia Author of the Year in the detective/mystery category for his suspense novel "Wasted." The Georgia Writers Association announced winners on June 27 at the group's annual banquet.

A resident of Forsyth County and frequent speaker at libraries and literary gatherings, Darracott said he was gratified and appreciative to receive such an honor.  

"I'm extremely pleased, because we writers often toil in the dark with little reward or recognition for the work we do or the arduous careers we lead, so it is particularly gratifying when we win tribute from our fellow writers," Darracott said.

In its 51-year history, Georgia Author of the Year has been granted to some of the state's most distinguished writers of fiction, nonfiction, and specialty books. 

In her comments about his winning entry, judge Melanie Sumner wrote:  "Darracott writes this suspenseful story with tight, polished prose, allowing his characters to reveal themselves with authentic, controlled dialogue. The carefully chosen details of his settings […] bring the reader smack into the middle of the story. More exotic scenes on the Caribbean are illustrated in detail that is both exquisite and essential to the plot […] the characters of Player and Sharpe are well-portrayed […] a brilliant ending reveals the subtle satire […] and with that 'Wasted' becomes a profound novel, as well as a good read."

To read more about Darracott's work, visit

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