I read on Facebook that another list of mystery novel award nominees is being announced Friday morning, so I called The Famous Author to see if we had a shot. Austin Carr could use some good publicity right about now.
"Unlikely," TFA said. "Not enough people read our books. Plus, we're not eligible."
"That's a problem."
"Worst of all," TFA said, "we do funny mysteries."
"What's wrong with funny mysteries, making people laugh?"
"Critics and judges go for traditional mysteries, or the serious stuff, you know ... noir."
"Screw'em all, TFA. We're artists, right?"
"Yeah. Starving artists."
SPECIAL PROGNOSTICATION: TFA's fellow NY/MWA member Chris Grabenstein will be nominated by the Edgar committee for his fourth John Ceepak Mystery, HELL HOLE. Just about every top 10 list for 2008 we read on Dorothy L the past two weeks has mentioned Chris's book, his first with St. Martins. Way to go Chris! If we're wrong, our vision incorrect, then screw'em all, dude. You deserved to be.