Winner of the Second Annual Georgia Independent Author of the Year Award in the category First Novel, for Life is Hard  Soften it with Laughter


On September 26, 2020, Marlene was announced as the winner in the category of First Novel at the 

second annual Georgia Independent Author of the Year Awards. Marlene won for her first book, Life is Hard Soften It With Laughter.  The book is a collection of essays that reflect the wit and wisdom that she is known for.

Pictured below are some of the winners of the night, along with Vickie Bley, the director of the GIAYA program.

Left to right: Georgianna Fields, first place Romance, S. Tarrant Smith, winner Romance, Vickie Bley, Christy Breedlove, winner Mystery, Marlene Buchanan, winner First Novel.