I opened my email to find out that my book, Bitter Suites, has been nominated for a Bram Stoker in the Superior Achievement in Long Fiction category. I wish I could say I took the news like a pro, but that would be a lie.
The truth is I opened the email, read the news, read the news again and then wondered if I was going to die right there of a heart attack. I cried a little and my hands shook.
I walked away to absorb the news but it didn’t help. I tried to go back to finish what I was working on but I gave up by early afternoon. So many wonderful messages of congratulations can be distracting. Yes, I spent far too long reading and re-reading the nomination list just in case I was dreaming.
So, thank you everyone. This is a team effort. I have a wonderful army of editors, proof readers, beta readers, cover designer, social media gurus, friends and an amazing, supportive family. They actually encourage me to do what I love.
There’s too many names to list—and a number of you are weirdos that don’t like to be mentioned by name— but I thank each and everyone of you. I honestly couldn’t be here now without your help.