Local author receives national recognition


The 2022 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards recognized “Vacations for the Young and Adventurous” by William E. Schepens, in the category of Young Adult Fiction, as a silver medal winner.

Hosted by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, this prestigious national award is open to books published between 2020 and 2022. The judges for this national competition are librarians, educators and publishing professionals.

“The FAPA President’s Book Award exists to promote excellence in the publishing industry by recognizing talented contemporary authors who put both heart and soul into their work,” said Pat Stanford, a past president of FAPA. “FAPA is proud to be a champion of authors and publishers going the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.”

“Vacations for the Young and Adventurous” consists of six fictional short stories published by William Schepens that will stir the imagination of every young person and make them desire vacations with adventure and excitement. Readers will go with Grace, Will and John as they travel the world and experience tsunamis, fire-breathing sea monsters, man-eating alligators, talking monkeys, plane crashes, pirates in the Bermuda Triangle, high-speed snakes in the Sahara and terrorists. Every vacation is an adventure.

Schepens wrote his work while navigating life during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has lived in Ponte Vedra Beach since 2015.

“We are proud to announce this year’s winners who truly embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate,” said FAPA’s Immediate Past President Renee Garrison. “Their works are representative of creative storytelling, bold concepts and innovative ideas which make the President’s Book Awards so well respected by librarians and those in the publishing industry. We salute all our winners for their fine work.”

The Florida Authors and Publishers Association is an organization for authors, publishers, illustrators, editors, printers and other professionals involved in the publishing industry. It focuses on providing the highest quality of information, resources and professional development to members and others interested in the writing and publishing profession.


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