The Lefty Awards!

Exciting news! Skin Deep, my first mystery, has just been nominated for the 2021 Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel, by Left Coast Crime. How cool is that? Now for the rest of my life, I can refer to myself as the “Lefty-Nominated Mystery Writer.” I’m gonna put that on my business card, if I had business cards.

Seriously — this is really super kind of these folks, because to be nominated in the same category with the likes of Carl Hiaasen and Ellen Byron is nothing short of amazing. Huge congrats to the rest of my awesome fellow nominees, Jennifer J. Chow, Cynthia Kuhn, and J. Michael Orenduff.

The winners will be announced on April 10, 2021!

11/3/2020 12:30PM ET: First Chapter Fun with Hannah & Hank

So something momentous is occurring a week from today, November 3. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Of course you are. That’s the day that Hannah Mary McKinnon and Hank Phillippi Ryan will read from Skin Deep. You can watch it via Facebook Live or Instagram Live. I’ll be watching, too!

And yes, if you haven’t done so yet, VOTE!

A Nice Shout-Out

Thank you, Double Skinny Macchiato, for enjoying Skin Deep!

There’s a running joke in Skin Deep where its Korean-American narrator Siobhan O’Brien, who was adopted by a Norwegian mother and an Irish father, has to explain her Irish name to almost everyone she meets. It’s not really funny, of course, but Siobhan deals with it in the same droll fashion she does almost everything. As the novel opens, the owner of the private investigation company where Siobhan is training dies leaving the agency to Siobhan. There isn’t a lot of money or much in the way of assets, but an old friend soon hires Siobhan to search for her missing daughter, a student at the exclusive Llewellyn College. The college recently admitted its first male students, a move which has not been well received by all parties, and the more Siobhan investigates, the clearer it becomes that there is something rotten in the state of Llewellyn — and plenty of very strange characters. At times, the bonkersness of it all did get out of hand, but the mystery is complex and well-plotted, and Siobhan is a great character: funny, smart and independent. This is the first in a series of Siobhan O’Brien novels, so if you like her, stay tuned!