CWC interviews me

Last week, Erik D’Souza of Crime Writers of Canada interviewed me about my CWC Award of Excellence-nominated novella, Identity Withheld. Erik is a lovely host and has done (and is continuing to do) a series of these interviews with CWC members. Here’s my interview:

He’s posted the series (nine at last count) on Facebook at Check it out if you want to hear from Linwood Barclay, Delee Fromm, Patricia Barnsley, Elizabeth Elwood, Melissa Yi, Noah Hendley, Rosemary McCracken, or Sam Wiebe.

Identity Withheld short-listed for CWC Award of Excellence

Well, the title says it all, really. I found out last week, via YouTube, that my novella, Identity Withheld, has been short-listed for a Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence. The winners will be announced on May 26 on YouTube.

Identity Withheld is set in Fredericton (because I love Fredericton) and features Cleo, a young woman called back to Fredericton when her parents’ car is forced into the river. Her parents’ past has finally caught up with them.

You can find a full list of the award nominees here. As you will see, I am in good company! And just in case you didn’t know, I won last year’s CWC Award of Excellence for my short story, “Cold Wave,” in Crime Wave: A Canada West Anthology.

Holy cow. I won.

I guess it’s official. They announced it on YouTube and everything. I won the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for my short story, “Cold Wave.”

Forgive me for bragging a little. The judges called “Cold Wave” a “mini masterpiece,” and said the story had “pitch-perfect pacing” and that “the humour is delightful.”

To say I’m pleased is an understatement.

The best part is that the story was published in Sisters in Crime – Canada West’s inaugural anthology, Crime Wave. And not only that, one of my chapter sisters, Winona Kent, was also nominated for her novella, “Salty Dog Blues.” Now that’s a feather in our cap.

Thank you all for your kind congratulations. It’s much appreciated. I would like to congratulate the winners in the other categories. You will find them all listed in the Crime Writers of Canada news release.

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