How did you find out about your nomination?
Jen Conley: I got an email from Bouchercon. I was very excited and then I read that I had to keep it to myself for two days until they made the announcement.
John Shepphird: The Awards Chair emailed me. BEWARE THE SHILL is my second Anthony nomination. Two years ago (Bouchercon Raleigh, NC) I was nominated in the short story category for OF DOGS & DECEIT (the second in my private eye series published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine). I didn’t come home with the hardware but it didn’t matter because it was such a thrill to be embraced by such an incredible community. The first in the PI series, GHOST NEGLIGENCE, won the Shamus Award. The forthcoming third, ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, is set for publication to coincide with Bouchercon Toronto.
Angel Luis Colón: The initial email got buried in a junk inbox, so I didn’t find out about the nomination until another author DMed me. I wasn’t able to confirm, so I totally thought he was busting my chops since most of us pretend not to care about the nominations but absolutely care. Thankfully, the incoming flood of texts, emails, and messages confirmed it.
Eric Beetner: They send out emails early in the week of nominations so you actually find out a few days before it is made public. When I got the email there were two, obviously, and they showed up in my email as one email so I read the nomination for LEADFOOT and it took me a while before I noticed there was a second attachment. Imagine my surprise when the anthology I created and edited was also nominated. Having UNLOADED get the nod was in some ways the bigger thrill.
S.W. Lauden: The morning the nominations were announced I was getting ready for work. I answered some emails and checked Facebook and Twitter before getting into the shower. When I got out 10 minutes later my inbox and social pages had blown up with all of the congratulations posts and comments flying around for all the nominees. It’s really something to witness the incredible support and mutual respect in the crime and mystery community. That whole day turned out to be pretty hectic in the best possible way.
Greg Herren: When I woke up that morning, the screen of my phone had so many Facebook and Twitter notifications! I can’t remember who was the first person to actually tag me or tweet at me, but I think it was Laura Lippman, which was SO COOL.
Who was the first person you told?
John Shepphird: My wife. I had to justify the expense of my flight and hotel, even in Canadian dollars.
Angel Luis Colón: My wife. It’s always best to tell the person who has to deal with you as a writer that you’re not just banging away at the keyboard like a monkey.
Greg Herren: My partner heard me gasp loudly enough to wake him up!
Eric Beetner: I knew we were sworn to secrecy but I couldn’t resist letting the publisher of UNLOADED and soon-to-be publisher of LEADFOOT, Eric Campbell of Down & Out Books, know the good news. As it turns out that got me in a little hot water with my wife for not telling her first.
Jen Conley: My fiancé, Jay. I sent him an email because we were both working. He was very happy for me.
Please share a bit about your nominated work.
Eric Beetner: LEADFOOT is the second in my series about the McGraws, a family of criminal drivers in the Midwest. RUMRUNNERS was the first novel in that series and the 80-year-old Calvin was the breakout star from that novel with the way he kicked ass and took names while on the hunt for the men who killed his son. I had a trilogy planned out but the publisher suggested I think about a prequel so we could push Calvin front and center. It turned out to be a great idea.
UNLOADED was a passion project of mine. It’s a collection of crime short stories with all the thrills and excitement you know and love about the genre, but without any guns. It’s a small statement and an attempt to start a conversation within the crime fiction community about the use of guns and to show that if we take them out of the stories, the world doesn’t fall apart. Maybe, in some small way, we can show that this is possible in real life too.
S.W. Lauden: Definitely not, but I’ve heard some pretty crazy thank you speech stories from award-winning authors we’ve interviewed on “Writer Types,” the crime and mystery podcast I co-host with Eric Beetner. Not all of those stories made it onto the show, but if you want a good laugh check out episode 1 where Lou Berney talks about the night he won the Edgar Award for THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE. I imagine any award nominee would have something prepared after hearing him tell that one.
Angel Luis Colón: I would if I could actually make the ceremony! Family and day job commitments mean I’m flying back home the morning of the award presentation. Bright side: I can drink my sorrows away on the plane if I lose or I can have the time to write a heartfelt message without hiccups if I win.
Eric Beetner: I’ve been thinking about it, but haven’t written anything down yet. I will though. Better to be prepared and not need it than to be caught flat footed.
Greg Herren: I haven’t, and not really sure if I will write one, or even think of one. The four other finalists are all fantastic books, so I’m pretty happy just to have made the cut, actually.
What are you working on now?
S.W. Lauden: The third book in my Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series will be released by Rare Bird Books in January 2018. I’m also working on another book with all new characters that I hope will see the light of day in the next year or two. It’s an interesting challenge to write something new after spending so many years with the characters from the Greg Salem and Tommy & Shayna books. I also have a short story coming out in a Johnny Cash-inspired anthology called JUST TO WATCH HIM DIE that’s being edited by Joe Clifford.
John Shepphird: My first novel titled BOTTOM FEEDERS, a whodunit. It will be out next year.
Eric Beetner: I just handed in a new novel to my agents. It’s a bit different for me but I really like it. Hopefully everyone else does too. I’m also looking forward to the release of the finale in my Lars and Shaine trilogy, THE DEVIL AT YOUR DOOR. This is another book left orphaned by the closing down of a publisher and the culmination of a series I started a long time ago, and what I think is really some of my best work.
S.W. Lauden: My author website SWLauden.com is a really good place to start. I also do we weekly author interviews and other fun stuff on my blog, BadCitizenCorporation. com. And, of course, there’s always Facebook at facebook.com/swlauden and Twitter at twitter.com/swlauden.
John Shepphird: My website JohnShepphird.com. The e-book for the first novella in this trilogy THE SHILL is free on Amazon. Check it out.
Eric Beetner: EricBeetner.com and be sure to check out the podcast I host with fellow Anthony nominee, S.W. Lauden called Writer Types.
Angel Luis Colón: I’m easily found at AngelLuisColon.com – I’ve got links to my stories available in digital and print there. I’m also very much all over the Twitters as @GoshDarnMyLife, though beware, I do a lot of GIFs and politics (which is what 99% of us are doing, so I’m “normal”).