I am gobsmacked. I never expected this. The shortlist for the 2015 Sir Julius Vogel Awards came out last week… and lots of my work has been nominated! A big thank you to my readers for being so supportive.
I was speechless. (Me? Can you imagine that?) I couldn’t even blog about it! (That may also have something to do with me being away for a few days, camping in a remote location with no mobile coverage!) All humour aside, I never expected my work to make the shortlist in so many categories – short story, collected works, and services to science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Both Lost in the Museum and The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales are up for Best Collected Work and Best Artwork, and my story, The Watch Serpent, from the anthology, Disquiet, has been shortlisted for best short story. If you like horror, Disquiet contains some great kiwi and Aussie stories – several have made the shortlist. Being nominated for Services to Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror is a real honour. You can read more details about all of the nominations here.
Readers make all of our hours writing worthwhile. Thank you for nominating me. Here is one of my favourite photos of a reader. Great isn’t she? She’s still reading as I sign the book, and spent much of The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales launch avidly scanning the pages!
I’d also like to congratulate many of my fellow writers who are on the shortlist. It’s an honour to have my name listed on the same web page as Julliet Marrilier and many other great names!