A Vancouver Island author’s writing skills have got her book named in a Canadian book award final.
Nanaimo author Blaise Hunter’s book Heroine, which is about body image, self-worth and issues women face today and “demonstrates how to change the narrative,” has been named a finalist in its category of spirituality and wellness at the Canadian Book Club Awards.
Heroine was written from personal experiences in overcoming self-hatred, according to Hunter, and the writing of the book has helped her overcome personal struggles within her life.
“I wrote this book to heal my heart and inspire others to step into their power,” said Hunter in a press release. “Being selected as a finalist is an incredible feeling. I bared my soul in Heroine to show how vulnerability is our superpower.”
Hunter’s experiences go beyond writing books. She is an Influencer Award winner at the 2020 Canadian Women of Inspiration Awards and the founder of Footprints Infertility and Pregnancy Loss Support Initiative, a non-profit she founded after experiencing three miscarriages herself.
With her book in the finals, Hunter says she feels honoured that her books are reaching people, something that she believes is her calling in life.
“I feel so honoured my words are impacting people,” said Hunter. “It is my mission to create a dialogue about vital issues and shatter the silence barriers.”
Hunter’s book is among two other books by Anne Kristiansen and Taraneh Erfan King in the final. The books will be judged by book clubs across Canada, selecting their favourites before the winners are announced on Dec. 30, 2021.
To learn more about Blaise Hunter, visit her website at blaisehunter.com.