I am delighted that my debut novel, No Harm Done has been shortlisted for the 2021 Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year Prize.
Bloody Scotland is an internationally renowned literary festival whose fame has attracted participation from the giants of domestic and global crime fiction such as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and David Baldacci and I am sincerely honoured to have my first (but not last!) book recognised in this way.
One of only four contenders for this prestigious prize, it is a huge achievement and I am exceptionally grateful to the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival and to my readers for their kind and enthusiastic support. I am particularly proud to be the only self-published author shortlisted alongside the best of new Scottish literary talent.
The shortlist is based on points received by a team of readers – largely made up of bloggers and booksellers – but the overall winner will be judged by Janice Forysth from BBC Radio Scotland, Simon Lloyd from Waterstones and Kenny Tweeddale from sponsors, the Glencairn Glass. The winner will be announced in Stirling, my home town, on Friday 17 September.