NSU graduate recognized in international writing contest


Emily A. Myers, a graduate of Northwestern State University, published her first novel, The Truth About Unspeakable Things, in the spring of 2021. Now her romantic thriller is being recognized as a top title in three separate categories of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBA), an annual writing contest hosted by Chanticleer Book Reviews. Myers describes her novel as “a genre-bending/blending book anchored in contemporary conflict with a thrilling twist.”

This article published in the Dec. 23, 2021, print edition

The Truth About Unspeakable Things follows Emma Marshall, a journalist in New Orleans, as she deals with the emotional trauma of sexual assault, a horrific event that is all too common in our society. Yet Myers expands this contemporary conflict into something much more with the addition of a love interest that gives Emma the hope she needs to face her abuser and regain control of her life.

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As Emma puts her journalistic skills to good use investigating the man who assaulted her, the novel takes a sharp turn into the dark and dangerous world of organized crime in New Orleans that makes the novel the thriller it is. Myers recognized the complexity of her story and submitted it for the following CIBA awards: the Somerset Award for Literary and Contemporary Fiction in the category of Women’s Fiction and Family Themes, the Chatelaine Award for Romantic Fiction in the category of Romantic Adventure and Suspense, and the Clue Award for Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Fiction in the category of Suspense/ Thriller.

The Truth About Unspeakable Things has made it through the first two rounds of judging and onto the Long-List for all three awards. Judging will continue over the next few months as the Chanticleer team discovers “today’s best books.” Category finalists, category winners, and division grand prize winners will be announced in April of 2022. To follow Myers’ journey, you may find her on Facebook and Instagram @emilymyersauthor or visit her website www.emilyamyers.com

The Truth About Unspeakable Things is available to purchase on Amazon in paperback and e-book. And get ready readers, a sequel to Myers’ debut is coming in spring of 2022 and it won’t disappoint.