"My Father in Heaven gave me the talent," author Martine Leavitt said. "He gave me an ability to somehow carve out the time. He gives me the ideas. Sometimes He gives me the words. I'll be showing up to this award indebted to Him."
Leavitt has won Canada's Governor General's Literary Award for her young adult novel Calvin. Her award will be presented to her Nov. 30 in Ottawa, Ontario, with a prize of $25,000, according to cbc.ca.
Leavitt compared the prize to the National Book Award in the U.S., for which she was nominated in 2006, according to ggbooks.ca. She has been nominated for enough awards that she said she's excited to finally win one.
"I think I've been a bridesmaid so often that I'm considering wearing a bridal veil to this award ceremony," she said.