The Off-Islander was named one of Suspense Magazines Best Debuts of 2019!
That didn't just happen because I can string words together in a way that people like to read. I was lucky that enough of my friends liked it enough to vote for me. Some may have voted out of loyalty more than as a nod to my talent. Either way this is a George Bailey moment, a small one but sweet all the same.
Today a good friend e-mailed me to tell me that The Off-Islander had won. She had signed up for updates from Suspense Magazine and in turn updated me. It was a pretty sweet Christmas gift. Perhaps all the more sweet because it was given to me by a bunch of friends.