2013 was a pretty amazing book year. The highlight, for me, was the May 24 release of Black Water, my second Pat Tierney mystery. That was followed by wonderful follow-up from the Toronto Star’s Jack Batten, Investment Executive, Insurance Journal, the Minden Times and a nifty interview on Canoe FM.
What was intriguing was the boost it gave to Safe Harbor, the first book in the series. Black Water‘s arrival triggered a spike in sales of Safe Harbor over the summer, presumably from readers who had only recently purchased Kindles or who had somehow missed the big push the first Pat Tierney book received in 2012.
Summer also saw the release of Nefarious North, a short story collection that includes my crime fiction short, “The Pre-paid Funeral.” And, in the early fall, another anthology, Thirteen, was published, including another story of mine, this one featuring Pat Tierney, “The Sweetheart Scamster.” Both exciting milestones!
In mid-September, I attended Bouchercon, the big American mystery conference, in Albany, N.Y. I was thrilled to be part of a panel on financial crime fiction that included Ian Hamilton, Canadian author of the wonderful Ava Lee series, and Michael Sears, author of Black Fridays, a thriller set on Wall Street – which I’ve just finished reading and enjoyed immensely. Pretty heady stuff, being in the company these two great writers!
I was happy to hear the terrific news yesterday that Canadian mystery writer Louise Penny has been appointed to the Order of Canada. Penny received the honour for “her contribution to Canadian culture as an author shining a spotlight on the Eastern Townships of Quebec.” Joining the ranks of Canadian literary greats such as Lorna Crozier and Nino Ricci as she’s done, Penny’s appointment gives the crime fiction genre much-deserved recognition.
A fitting end to the year! I’m looking forward to what 2014 brings.