I was sleep-deprived (teen boys nearing the end of the school year) Thursday morning when I sat down to check my messages and emails. So it didn’t sink in when I first saw the message from friend and mystery author Bruce Coffin congratulating me as a Shamus Award finalist.
Was I reading that right?
Was the message intended for me?
Must be a mistake.
Then I googled the 2022 finalists for the awards, which are given each year by The Private Eye Writers of America, and there it was: A DEAD MAN’S EYES appears as a finalist for Best First PI Novel with my name beside the title.
The realization took the breath right out of me. I was not expecting this. Not at all. I became a cliché. I punched my fist in the air. I did a little dance. I stifled a giddy scream because my college-student daughter was still asleep.
I am thrilled, honored, humbled, you name it, to be selected as a finalist and to be in the company of so many amazing writers. (Click here for a full list of finalists.) The awards honor novels and short stories published in 2021 that feature as a main character “… a person PAID for investigative work but NOT employed for that work by a unit of government.”
That includes journalists like my main character Lisa Jamison.
Winners will be announced in August, according to the website. Winning would be nice, but I am honored just to be a finalist. A DEAD MAN’S EYES is the first in my Lisa Jamison Mystery Series. NEVER BROKEN, book 2, was released in April and NO TIME TO BREATHE, book 3, releases from Level Best Books in April of 2023. My first thriller, NEVER LET GO, releases in December.
A DEAD MAN’S EYES was also a nominee for an Agatha Award in the Best First Novel category.
What a great year this has been!