12 August 2014

Ned Kelly Award nomination for Blood Witness

Ned Kelly Award logo
Last Saturday as I sat anxiously waiting for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing to come in I received an anonymous email. Not unlike something out of a crime novel it showed only the sender's mobile number, had no subject and only included a text attachment.

Opening it up it read simply "Congrats on your short listing for Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel!"

Frankly, I wouldn't have wanted to find out about the nomination any other way! There's something to be said for a bit of theatrical mystery when receiving fantastic news.

They mystery was quickly solved with a few exchanges over Twitter. Turns out it was fellow crime writer and 2014 nominee for Best Crime Novel, Angela Savage who was there on the ground at the Bendigo Writers' Festival filing reports to all the nominees who couldn't make it. (Thanks Angela!)

I couldn't be happier with the nomination. It's this sort of recognition that makes a real difference to the solitary life of a writer, particularly when it comes around to gathering media and reader interest in subsequent books. It's also very legitimising when staring down the disillusion that comes with commencing each new novel.

The judges described Blood Witness as "original and tightly written" — which is quite the accolade. It's also wonderful to have been nominated among such excellent company: Peter Cotton for Dead Cat Bounce,  Candice Fox for Hades and Ellie Marney for Every Breath.

The full short list is available on the Australian Crime Writers Association's website.

The winners will be announced at the Brisbane Writers' Festival on Saturday 6 September — you bet I'll be attending!

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