It always give me a buzz to see a friend’s book doing well so I was particularly pleased to see Walking Shadows on the shortlist for the Davitt Award!
Nice cover, did I hear you say? Why thank you, Daryl did it.
And I was doubly pleased because Narrelle’s book was released by ClanDestine Press, my Indie Australian crime publisher. Narrelle is tickled pink but she’s currently in Canada with her travel writer partner so she can’t race back for the Gala Awards Dinner. I imagine Lindy Cameron, her editor, will be sitting at a table, fingers crossed, hoping she will have to accept on Narrelle’s behalf.
I interviewed Narrelle here about her writing life and creativity. She has a very dry sense of humour and a wonderful turn of phrase, which comes through in her books about ‘Gary, the daggy vampire‘.
So here I am madly scrambling to get through the day with work, family commitments and writing then I come home from a course and find good news on the Twitterverse.
A big congratulations to Marianne Delacourt (de Pierres), Narrelle Harris, Rhonda Roberts and me, we’re on the Long List for the Davitt Award. The Davitt Awards are run by Sisters In Crime. The award is named in honour of Ellen Davitt (1812-1879) who wrote Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud in 1865.
And another big Whoohoo because ‘The Price of Fame’ has made it onto the Long List for the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction (since this is my first foray into crime!). The Ned Kelly Awards are run by the Australian Crime Writers Association. The awards began in 1995 and they say ‘When it came to deciding on a name, co-opting the nation’s most infamous villain seemed a natural fit.’ The awards are known affectionately as the ‘Neds’. Lovely to see so many fellow female authors in the running for a Ned.
So this has been a good week, with the Long Listing of all three books from The Outcast Chronicles on the Gemmell Awards for their covers (thanks to Clint Langley!) and for the books themselves. And now the Long Listing of ‘The Price of Fame’. With 5 books published last year, (the 5th book was ‘The King’s Man’, an e-book exclusive), last year is all a bit of a blur for me, but it does feel nice now to come home to find four of the books are Long Listed for awards.
Now, if only I didn’t have to work to earn a living or sleep. I could get much more writing done!
Most writers I know don’t just write the one thing, or for the one age group. I’ve written for kids and young adults, written short stories and book length fiction. Next March, I have a para-crime (no sparkly vampires, I promise) is coming out with ClanDestine Press.
I’ve been to SF conventions, both national and world cons. I’ve been to the romance writers conference. This weekend I’m going to the crime writers convention in Melbourne. SheKilda, run by Sisters in Crime, the Australian branch of an international organisation. I’ll be catching up with Marianne, who’ll be there in her Marianne Delacourt persona. Last year her first Tara Sharp book won the Davitt Award. (Think Janet Evanovich set in Australia). There’s a just a hint of the paranormal in Marianne’s Tara Sharp series.
There’s no paranormal elements in Sandy Curtis’s new book, Fatal Flaw. She writes romantic suspense, which means there’s a man and a woman in danger and they fall in love, but she’s certain to deliver a thrilling mystery along the way. I think this is her seventh book. And now her back list are available as e-books.
Crime/mystery/thrillers cover a lot of territory, from gritty realism through lovers in danger to humorous girl with a gift for reading people’s body language and then there are the paranormal mysteries that venture into dark fantasy. There’s something for everyone. Which is why I’m going to SheKilda.
I’ll be meeting fellow writers, attending panels and generally having a fun time. I just know I’ll come home with dozens of signed books to [ile onto my already groaning bookshelves. But hey, that’s what conferences are for!