Nancy M.C. Young    Author

"A mesmerizing story..." New York Review of Books
"Young's intense focus... provides imagery of 
       glistening beauty."  Publisher's Weekly
"Superb - poetic & luscious..." BookPleasures.com


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Strum: An Audiobook with Music has launched on Audible, Amazon and iTunes!

Posted by Nancy Young on January 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Featuring the rich bass voice of narrator McBride Hunter, with original guitar music composed by Olivier Leclerc, Strum is a unique, unforgettable experience - an epic tale that crosses geography, time, and cultures.

The Story: In 1950s Quebec, a deaf woodworker, Bernard Tenderfield, is drawn deep into the woods when he hears a lulling melody in his dreams. The forest gives him an unexpected gift - an ancient cedar falls at his feet, and he nearly loses his life salvaging part of the fallen tree to build two magical guitars.

From there, the story moves back and forth, tracing Bernard's French and Iroquois bloodline through time with the magical allure of the instrument connecting his family. Strum spans two centuries, moving from modern Canada to the 19th century French Alps to Southeast Asia and beyond, and introduces a gripping cast of characters who have moving tales to tell. Rich with beautiful imagery and thought-provoking symbolism, this debut novel will stay with listeners long after they finish the final minute.

Strum is winner of seven awards: 2016-17 Library Journal Top Ten Most Requested Self-e book (2nd Fantasy); 2014 USA Best Book Award (Finalist: Literary); 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award - IPPY Silver Medal (Best Reg'l Fiction, Canada); 2014 New York, Hollywood, San Francisco and Great Northwest Book Festivals.

Ask for Strum: The e-Book at your local library this month!

Posted by Nancy Young on September 9, 2015 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) will highlight Strum in November with an interview of Nancy Young as award-winning local author and The Library Journal's Self-e Collection's Special Feature!

Ask for the e-book at your local library this month!

Nancy Young is Featured Author in April

Posted by Nancy Young on April 27, 2015 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Nancy Young is Featured Author in April for National Libraries Week at Monterey Park Library, and at LA Times Festival of Books in Women's National Book Association Booth

Strum is a 2015 Featured Selection - Library Journal Self-e Collection

Posted by Nancy Young on March 5, 2015 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Awesome news! Strum, has been accepted into Library Journal's curated SELF-e collections! My book will be a Featured Selection so the Library Journal will be sharing it with subscribing libraries all over the country on BiblioBoard Library and helping to build a base of new readers!


Thank you, Library Journal, I'm thrilled that the book will be getting out to readers and libraries all over the country and state of California! Say tuned!

It's February - are you keeping your New Year's Resolution???

Posted by Nancy Young on February 9, 2015 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Independent Publishers' Book Award-Winning Authors and Publishers Share Their Resolutions


2014 was a year of monumental changes in the publishing industry – changes that impacted everyone, from publicists and authors to editors and readers. We decided to find out how some of our 2014 IPPY award-winners are responding to another year’s worth of experience by asking for their New Year’s resolutions, and they delivered. The contributions below are varied, including general goals and specific marketing tactics, but there is one constant: these award-winners are making things happen. Cheers to 2015!

Nancy Young, author of Strum, 2014 IPPY Silver Medalist:

“2014 was a bumper year for me – six book awards including an IPPY Silver Medal and an USA Best Book Finalist Award! Never in my wildest dreams did I think those accolades would come to a first-time novelist. My New Year’s resolution is to ride out this good luck wave as far as my literary sea will take me! When a writer receives an award, it’s our obligation to keep on writing, to keep on offering what is real and true. As Ernest Hemingway once said, 'All good books have one thing in common, they are truer than if they had really happened.' I resolve to keep my light burning bright and my words in front of many readers, because writing is an act of love.”

Strum closes out 2014 awards with SIX!

Posted by Nancy Young on November 8, 2014 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

2014 USA Best Book Award Finalist, Fiction: Literary! Whoo hoo!  Announced in November 2014.

Strum wins Award #5!

Posted by Nancy Young on July 16, 2014 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2014 Hollywood Book Festival announces Strum as a winner (Hon Mention) for General Fiction. Ceremony on July 26 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, original home of the Oscars.

Strum wins Award #4 - New York Book Festival

Posted by Nancy Young on June 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Just received news that Strum has won another book award… #4 in total! This one is the New York Book Festival - Honorable Mention for Fiction. The ceremony is at the Grolier Club in New York on June 20, 2014.

Strum Wins an IPPY Award - Silver Medal for Best Regional Fiction (Canada-East)

Posted by Nancy Young on May 5, 2014 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Strum Wins an IPPY Award - Silver Medal for Best Regional Fiction (Canada-East)