And the Winner Is . . . ME!!

First Crime Novel Award 2012

I’m still in a daze, but the undeniable fact is, I won the national First Crime Novel Competition for my manuscript of  THE IMPERSONATOR. This is a mystery, the first in a series, set in vaudeville during the Roaring Twenties, and winning first place means a $10,000 contract with a major publisher, St. Martin’s/Minotaur. They flew me to New York on April 26 for the announcement at the annual Edgar Awards banquet, the mystery writing’s version of the Oscars. I met my editor and her assistant for lunch, then attended the cocktail party and banquet that night at the Hyatt Grande. THE IMPERSONATOR will be published next year–exact date yet to be determined. I wish it were next week!