Photo courtesy of Margaret Cheasebro  NFPW President Lori Potter, left, presents Margaret Cheasebro with a first place writing award.
Photo courtesy of Margaret Cheasebro NFPW President Lori Potter, left, presents Margaret Cheasebro with a first place writing award.

AZTEC — Freelance writer and Aztec resident Margaret Cheasebro received three writing awards at the National Federation of Press Women's annual convention, held in Salt Lake City, Utah last August.

The National Federation of Press Women is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television.

Cheasebro was among 273 recipients from across the country who received 374 awards for excellence in communication. Of those recipients, 22 were from New Mexico.

Cheasebro's first-place awards were for education and sports articles that appeared in regional publications. She also received honorable mention for several business articles.

"The awards came about because I had won seven first place awards at the New Mexico Press Women's Conference," said Cheasebro. "Those articles were automatically forwarded on to the National Federation of Press Women for consideration."

Cheasebro, who has worked for more than thirty years as a newspaper reporter, editor and freelance writer, is a retired elementary school counselor, and continues to work part-time as a freelance writer and alternative health provider.

She published four previous books pertaining to theater and play-writing, and has also published an e-book called "Healing and Growing with Reiki: Exploring Reiki I, II and III (Reiki Master).

Cheasebro's fith book, "The Healing Tree," will be published in the near future by Casa de Snapdragon, a publishing company located in Santa Fe.

"The book is a fantasy, but begins in the present time. It's about three kids who meet at a summer camp, but somehow feel they know each other," she said.

The story follows the three children as they flee from a power-hungry woman who wants to rule the world by using one of the children to further her evil goals.

"The story goes back in time 900 years to when the Pueblo people lived in this area," said Cheasebro.

Cheasebro's e-book, "Healing and Growing with Reiki: Exploring Reiki I, II and III, can be accessed at her website, wordsandwellness.com.

Leigh Black Irvin covers health for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4610 and lirvin@daily-times.com Follow her @irvindailytimes on Twitter.