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.

I’m a friend of the Friends

Next week is a biggie for me. I am the guest of Friends of Mystery, where I am to receive the 2011 Spotted Owl Award for “Crashers.” The Spotted Owl is given each year for outstanding mystery or thriller by a Northwest author.

This is a huge honor since the nominee list this year truly was spectacular.

The award will be presented at the Friends of Mystery meeting, 7 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at Terwilliger Plaza, 2545 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland. The event includes a reception and the Friends’ annual Book Sale at 7 p.m., with the program will start at 7:30 pm. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Free parking is available in the Terwilliger Plaza employee lots across Sixth Avenue from the lower level entrance, and on Sheridan Street. Handicapped parking is available at the upper level entrance. The venue is served by TriMet bus No. 8 Jackson Park.

Hope to see you there.

Book 2 done; Book 3 under way

I’ve been off the blog-beat for a while, working on twin deadlines. First, I needed to do the final edits for “Breaking Point,” the sequel of “Crashers,” which hits the stands this November.

Then I needed to hit the 150-page mark for my third novel, the title and topic of which I’m keeping under wraps for now. I will tell you this about Book 3: It is not a third-in-a-series starring our friends from “Crashers.” But it does focus on a character you’ve met before.

I finished the 150 pages and an outline of the rest of the book. It goes sailing off to my editor at St. Martin’s Press this weekend. If he’s happy … and let’s pray he’s happy … then I remain one of the publishing house’s writers. If not…?

Stay tuned.

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