I woke up this morning to a Facebook post from my friend, the writer Deryn Collier (author of the mystery novel Confined Space). Deryn wrote:
A big WOOOOO HOOOOOOO for ER Brown this morning! And Louise Penny… everyone else on this list too, (But holy crap, Mr. Brown! Go you!) http://www.theedgars.com/nominees.html
She’s writing about the Edgar Awards. Named after Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgars are a big deal. Past winners include Dennis Lehane, Ian Rankin, Patricia Cornwell, James Lee Burke, James Patterson. Even Raymond Chandler.
There are six nominees in each category. I’m not eligible for the First Novel award (you have to be American), so I was entered in the Paperback Original category. And of all the crime and mystery books published in 2013, my little first novel from Dundurn made the list. Amazing. Now I know what “stunned” means.