Jamie Elizabeth Tingen won the women's fiction Five Star Reader's Favorite Award in with her first novel, Butterfly Messages. She was a finalist for the regional fiction National Indie Excellence Award and the 2012 USA Best Book Awards in the women's literary category. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Tingen is a woman of diverse talents. She has played lead roles in little theater and won the Fine Arts Award in Drama from the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs for a skit she wrote, produced, and directed. Her talents as a photographer won her the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot award, and her photos are published in the coffee table book Reflections of Tampa Bay. In addition to a lifelong career as a professional model in television and national print media, Tingen also works in real estate. She grew up in Ashland, South Carolina, and lives in Tampa, Florida.