Hats Off! to Meagan Lucas whose debut novel, Songbirds and Stray Dogs (Main Steet Rag, 2019), won the First Novel Category at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It also was a finalist in the General Fiction/Novel competition. Songbirds and Stray Dogs is a Southern story, born of sweet tea and the Bible Belt, chow-chow and cornbread, shotguns and porch rocking. But it is also a universal story of escaping the burden of your past and finding yourself at home in a strange land. Meagan is the NCWN Co-Regional Rep for Henderson County.