I would have announced this sooner (read: immediately) but I’ve been battling a feverish chest cold, which everyone knows is the worst kind. So without further ado, allow me to acquaint you with an excerpt from an email I received last Wednesday from my editor:
“Congratulations! We just wanted to let you know that DUST CITY was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. We’re all so excited for you! The award is sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America and honors the best in mystery within various categories. They’ll present the winners on April 28, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel here in New York.”
I’m not sure what Dust City is exactly. It’s kind of a mad mash-up of fairy tales, dystopic oppression, and hard-boiled detective stories. While I was writing it, I often read snippets of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler to put me in the mood. So, in that way, it’s a tremendous honour to be nominated for a mystery award—given out annually (in a surprising array of flavours) by the Mystery Writers of America.
Not only that, but those Edgar’s are pretty prestigious, yo. All the books I’m up against look fabulous. Speaking of which, here’s the (rather daunting) shortlist:
The River by Mary Jane Beaufrand
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando
The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston
Yep, that’s me at the bottom. Crazy. Happy reading everyone!