Honored at a ceremony at American Library Association (ALA) in New Orleans, The Golden Spiral represents the best independently published work from 2010. The winners were chosen by a panel of librarian and bookseller judges. The author, Lisa Mangum, lives in Taylorsville, Utah.
In 2009, Mangum burst onto the teen supernatural book scene in her debut novel, The Hourglass Door, which also won Book of the Year in 2009. In this second novel of a trilogy, Abby’s worst fears are realized when Zo begins targeting Abby’s past. With each change that ripples into her present, Abby’s life continues to spiral out of control. Her relationships with Jason, Natalie, and even her family are threatened to the breaking point. Zo’s power is greater than Abby ever imagined.
The Deseret News said, “In a time when copycats abound, Mangum has created a unique story with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. And because ‘Hourglass’ centers on relationships, fantastical elements feel believable rather than, well, fantastical.”
The third book in the trilogy, The Forgotten Locket, just released in May.
Mangum knew she was destined to work with books when she opted to skip recess in elementary school to help out at the school library instead. A voracious reader her entire life, her first paying job was at the Sandy Library as a page, where she shelved books all day. She worked at Waldenbooks for the four years while she attended the University of Utah, earning a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, Lisa has worked in numerous editorial roles in the publishing industry. She lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.