Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams whose debut novel, Maranatha Road (Vandalia Press, 2017), won the Gold Medal in the "Southeast - Regional Fiction" category of the 2018 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Tune into UNC-TV's NC Bookwatch with D.G. Martin on Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 am or Thursday, April 26, at 5:00 pm to see Heather talk about her book. “Now that I’m a mother," Heather says of the inspiration for her story, "I’m often struck by the fierce desire to shield our son from harm and unhappiness, especially knowing how arbitrary life can be."