Monday, May 27, 2013

Solving the Mystery of My First Love

When author Jeri Westerson invited me to write a guest post for Poe's Deadly Daughters, I was honored. Jeri is a legend in the L.A. mystery writing community: president of Mystery Writers of America's SoCal branch and vice-president of Sisters-in-Crime L.A. Her medieval noir series is fantastic, and her energy, which contributes significantly to the welcoming atmosphere of the mystery community, is one of the reasons I had such a fun time writing the following post:

Solving the Mystery of My First Love

One morning in January, I opened my email to find a message from the marketing manager assigned to my novel at my publisher: I just heard the Edgar news and wanted to send you my congratulations!

Edgar news? Congratulations?

Although I didn’t know what she meant, my heart still skipped a beat. I quickly Googled “Kim Fay” and “Edgar.” There it was. My novel, The Map of Lost Memories, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. An Edgar! The mustachioed Oscar of the mystery writing world! Incredible! Except for one thing …

My novel wasn’t a mystery.

Was it?

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With my fellow First Novel Nominees (photo by Steven Speliotis)