I’m really excited to attend Bouchercon this year in Toronto for many reasons, but now I have an even bigger reason to be excited! I especially love that this is the first year there is a Best Novella category so it’s truly an honor to be shortlisted.
Best Novella (8,000-40,000 words)
Cleaning Up Finn – Sarah M. Chen [All Due Respect Books]
No Happy Endings – Angel Luis Colón [Down & Out]
Crosswise – S.W. Lauden [Down & Out]
Beware the Shill – John Shepphird [Down & Out]
The Last Blue Glass – B.K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 2016 [Dell]
It’s tough competition and it’s even tougher because three of the nominees are my friends: Angel Luis Colón, S.W. Lauden, and John Shepphird. There’s going to be some epic throwdowns in Toronto, I have a feeling.
And I owe all this to my publishers over at ALL DUE RESPECT BOOKS, Chris Rhatigan and Mike Monson. Love these guys and hope I make them proud! Go ADR!
Here’s the link to the entire list of Anthony nominees:
I’ll be signing and discussing CLEANING UP FINN, published by All Due Respect Books along with awesomely-talented writer and friend, S.W. Lauden. He’ll be signing his novella CROSSWISE, released with Down & Out books.
We’ll talk about the novella in crime fiction, “surf noir” or “sunshine noir” stories, and why our covers look so badass (hint: we had the same graphic artist). And did I mention cupcakes?!
“Majorly screwed up. But in a good way.” – Brett Battles, USA Today bestselling author of the Jonathan Quinn thrillers
“….Sarah M. Chen is taking no prisoners in this brakeless toboggan ride of a hardboiled romp.” – Craig Faustus Buck, Macavity Award-winning author of GO DOWN HARD
“If you like your crime fiction the way Finn Roose likes his women, hard and fast, you’ll love Sarah M. Chen’s debut novella, CLEANING UP FINN. A challenging, unsentimental look at a man who may be beyond redemption. Sarah M. Chen is a writer to watch.” – Matt Coyle, author of the Anthony Award-winning Rich Cahill crime series
“Cleaning Up Finn is a complex morality tale of debauchery, selfishness, sacrifice, and guilt. This romp of a noir through Southern California’s South Bay will stay with you, challenging your ideas of poetic justice and leaving you wanting more from Sarah M. Chen.” — James W. Ziskin, Anthony-, Barry-, and Lefty-nominated author of the Ellie Stone Mysteries
I’m thrilled to share the cover for my upcoming noir novella CLEANING UP FINN. Isn’t it purdy? I’m indebted to the superbly talented graphic designer J.T. Lindroos and All Due Respect Books. Look for it in May!