Burnsville author wins first place

A book written by Burnsville author and inspirational speaker Annie Meehan has received one of the highest national honors for independently published books.

“Be the Exception: Your 7 Steps to Transformation,” published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing of Minneapolis, won first place in the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition in the Self-Help category. Winners were announced on April 7.

In “Be the Exception,” Meehan shares her story and what she did to transform her life. She is the middle of seven children born within the span of eight years to parents who were always struggling to make ends meet. Her early memories of childhood are of hunger, poverty, dysfunction, abuse and the mental illness in her family.

These days, however, thanks to an appearance on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” when she was a teenager and the many others in her life who have supported her over the years, Meehan has rewritten her story. She is now an international speaker, life coach and author who uses her personal and professional experiences to inspire audiences.

More information is at www.AnnieMeehan.com.