Monthly Archives: May 2011

Big honor last night

Lovely event last night, as I received 2011 Spotted Owl Award from Friends of Mystery. The Spotted Owl is given each year for outstanding mystery or thriller by a Northwest author.
Best-selling Northwest author Phil Margolin was in the room last night. That was generous of him. Bill Cameron and John Walsdorf were there, too. Plus, Katy King and my mom and dad.
Such a neat honor, and humbling. I was probably the fourth or fifth best writer in the room (Katy ranks higher). Thanks to everyone for making it a night to remember.

To learn more about past Spotted Owl winners, click here:

Edgar nominees

My peeps at Minotaur Books done good at the Edgar nominations.
Paul Doiron is up for Best First Novel for “The Poacher’s Son,” which is a hell of a good book. Steve Hamilton is up for best novel for “The Lock Artist.” In the category of Best Paperback, Duane Swierczynski got a nomination for “Expiration Date,” while S.J. Bolton got a nod for “Blood Harvest.”
Well done, y’all.

The Zone

I was on The Zone on Friday. I wrote 15 pages of the third novel.
Now, 15 pages is a good day by anyone’s measure. Fifteen pages is a no-hitter in baseball. It’s a clean sheet on soccer.
I was so in The Zone, as Katy King puts it, I was essentially the mayor of The Zone.
The secret? I’m loving this story. I can’t wait to see where it’s taking me.


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