Writing Awards & Honors

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Mindy Halleck is an award-winning author who lives in and writes about the Pacific Northwest.

In 2015 her short story, A MOTHER’S CONFESSION won first

place in Writer’s Digest Fiction Writing Contest,  

And another of her short stories, THE FRENCHMAN, won first place in the Edmond’s EPIC Fiction Writing Contest.



In 2017 Mindy was honored as the featured author and keynote speaker at the Mukilteo Foundation’s annual breakfast at Boeing’s Museum of Flight. She says it was a memoir moment to have a US Senator, (WA State Senator Marko Liias) introduce her as “Mukilteo’s literary treasure.” See the write up here.



Consistently Awarded 5 Stars

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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite
Wow! When you pick up Mindy S. Halleck’s debut novel, Return to Sender, be sure you have enough time to devote 1 - AB Return to Sender final nuto it, because you won’t want to put it down! A gorgeous read featuring our protagonist, Theo Riley, a Catholic priest wrestling with demons from his past as his life spirals to a
very dark place. Drinking too much, dealing with his guilt over the
outcomes of the Korean orphans he encountered during the war, haunted
by the legacy of a dark family secret, and grieving the loss of his true
love, Andréa, he struggles with his duties as a prison minister. When a
sweet little girl arrives on his doorstep, love returns to his life, and a serial
killer madman arrives, putting all he loves at risk. Theo must make
decisions that could lead to his redemption or to his ultimate demise.
Return to Sender was what I would truly bill as an epic read. Touching on
issues of wartime trauma, PTSD, spirituality and religion, and grief and
redemption, this wonderful book has something for everyone. It’s hard to
believe that it was written by a new novelist as its breadth and scope are
so wide and vast. Mindy S. Halleck’s writing style is emotionally driven,
complex and intriguing. Return to Sender would appeal to any reader who
enjoys an exciting, emotion-filled tale. Her book will keep you on the edge
of your seat, rooting for our hero, Theo, and hopeful for the best for all
the characters that you come to love. I will be eagerly waiting for the
next work from this promising author.

Return To Sender Selected as one of twenty Indie feature reviews in the January 2015  

KIRKUS REVIEW magazine.