On May 29, Crime Writers of Canada announced that I won the Award of Excellence for Best Crime Short Story, for “Reversion,” which appeared in the April 2023 edition of Mystery Magazine, edited by Kerry Carter.

I’m honoured and delighted (and also a little flabbergasted, considering my competition: M.H. Callway, Mary Keenan, donalee Moulton, and Zandra Renwick).

Two new interviews and a blog post

It’s been a busy week! The lovely Erik D’Souza interviewed me for Crime Writers of Canada about being a finalist for this year’s Excellence Awards. Here’s the link to the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/pnOhvyu7YRc. While you’re there, take a look around. Erik has interviewed many, if not most, of the finalists.

My local newspaper, High River Times, also interviewed me about the Excellence Awards. Dan Marcinkowski dropped into Margins Bookstore in High River, where my sister authors, Lorrie Morales and Linda Rakos, and I did a book signing. https://www.highrivertimes.com/news/local-news/high-river-author-nominated-for-award

The winners of the CWC Excellence Awards will be announced on May 29.

And finally, I was featured on Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine blog, Trace Evidence, as my short story, “Chuck Berry is Missing,” will appear in the next issue. I write about the importance of interesting characters in keeping readers’ interest.

Finalist for the CWC Excellence Award

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story, “Reversion,” which was published in the April 2023 issue of Mystery Magazine, is on the short list for the 2024 Crime Writers of Canada Excellence Awards. The winner will be announced on May 29. The story was also a finalist for the Derringer Awards, but alas, did not win.

Derringer Winners Announced!

And I’m not one of them <g>. Here’s the list of winners–congratulations, all!

Flash Category: Acknowledgments, by Karen Harrington

Short Category: My Two-Legs, by Melissa Yi

Long Category:  Negative Tilt, by Bobby Mathews

Novelette Category:  Two Shrimp Tacos and a .22 Ruger, by Adam Meyer

Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement: Martin Edwards

See the formal announcement here.