Okay, so I’ve been sitting on a piece of news for a good long while now, and I thought I’d be able to share it yesterday…but I can’t yet. Painful for me, though probably merely annoying for you. No one likes a tease.
But this morning I received a piece of good news that I wasn’t expecting. In fact, I’d all but forgotten about it because I didn’t think my novel had a chance. However…
The chairman of the Darrell Awards—presented every at the MidSouthCon in Memphis, Tennessee—emailed me to inform me that my sophomore novel House of Skin has been selected by the jury as one of ten finalists for the Darrell Award, which is presented to the best Midsouth Science Fiction, Fantasy, and/or Horror Fiction of the Year. To be eligible for the award, the fictional work must have some connection to the Midsouth area, which includes Memphis (and the protagonist of my novel hails from Memphis!).
The Hall of Fame Award at the MidSouthCon will be presented to none other than Justin Cronin (The Passage, The Twelve). Past winners of the Darrell Award include Charlaine Harris (creator of the True Blood books), Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nancy A. Collins, and last year, John Hornor Jacobs (for Southern Gods).
So…I’m excited! I always roll my eyes when folks at the Oscars say they’re just happy to be nominated. Well, now I can say—with not the slightest roll of my eyes—that I’m ecstatic to be nominated. Thank you, Darrell Awards Jury, for selecting House of Skin as a finalist. I’m truly honored!