Golden Crown Literary Society announced finalists for the 2016 Goldies this morning and social media is noticing. I am pleased to have two books shortlisted as finalists in the Mystery/Thriller category: Burning Intuition and Fatal Intuition. This is a pretty heady experience for a new-ish writer like me, to be included in a list of such exemplary authors.
Last year, my first novel Just Intuition was also named a finalist in the same category and won Debut Author at the awards held in New Orleans. I was unable to attend, thousands of miles away in northwestern Ontario, and only became aware when I wheedled free Wi-Fi from a laundromat in the remote town of Atikokan. People were congratulating me on Facebook and, when disbelief turned to realization, I could hardly breathe. The first people I told were two ladies, total strangers, sitting with their laundry by the washing machines. Kudos to them for being so polite to an apparent crazy person.
This year, I’ll be back in the woods, although I’m sure I’ll travel into town more often to keep track of the awards from the local library. I put a lot of research and effort into my books and I’m proud of my work. Will my family and my author friends let this all go to my head? Not likely. If this tells me anything, it is that I need to keep writing.
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