Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve been in the Confessional. The tail end of Lent can be a bit busy time for pastor-type people. But now that we’re past Easter, I think it’s time to start wrapping this series up. We’ve got a few more entries to go.
But to understand where The Hive came from and got into print, we need to talk about what it’s like to be nominated for a major award.
Four of my books have been nominated for awards. The first three were finalists for the Christy Award. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s one of the most prestigious awards in Christian publishing. It’s kind of a big deal. So when my debut novel, Failstate, was named as a finalist in 2013, it came as something of a shock. I even bought a new suit and flew down to St. Louis for the awards ceremony:
Unfortunately, Failstate didn’t win. I had an acceptance speech all ready but it we never used.
Two more of my books were finalists for Christy Awards. Numb was nominated in 2014, and Failstate: Nemesis was up in 2015. In the last two cases, I didn’t win either. And you know what, it’s all good. The chances of one of my books actually winning was slim. I was up against some tough competition and so it was good.
Now The Hive actually won an award in 2016, the Genre Award:
But I”m getting ahead of myself. Before we get to winning awards, we need to talk about where The Hive came from. But that’s for next time.