Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Maybe I should say Happy Trails, since these are My Travels. I’ve been traveling in this space for a little over 5 years. (Reading this made me look. )

On January 4th, 2010, I posted about my journey so farAt that point, I had gotten some short stories published and had written 4 novels, all of them unpublished. I think I had been seriously writing full time for about 8 years. I started getting rejections on my first novel in 2002.

Here are some of my high points along the way.

In February of 2010, I got notice that one of my short stories had been nominated for an Agatha Award! There was much excitement about that!!

In 2011, my first novel, CHOKE, was published and received an Agatha nomination for Best First Novel in 2012.

At Killer Nashville in 2013, it was announced that EINE KLEINE MURDER was a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award.

Then, in 2014, DEATH IN THE TIME OF ICE was nominated for Best Historical for an Agatha Award.

A few short stories have won awards and found homes in magazines and anthologies, which makes me very happy because I LOVE writing them. Three more will be in two anthologies this year, too.

I acquired a new writing identity, Janet Cantrell, for my Fat Cat books with the Penguin imprint, Berkely Prime Crime last year.  The first one, FAT CAT AT LARGE, debuted as a national best seller, to my complete astonishment.

How lucky can one gal get? Not much luckier than this!

Here’s to 5 more years of Travels with Kaye, wherever it takes me.


  1. Congratulations on five years of blogging! You've had quite the journey. I'm so happy to see your successes grow---and speaking of growing, keep those garden pictures coming.


  2. Thank you! Snow is falling on the ice we got over the last few days right now. It's pretty, but the daffodils might get nipped. I had some budding.

  3. A very successful journey so far. Happy blog-aversary and may your journey continue to be a great one.

  4. Aw, thanks, LD! Sometimes I wonder how I got where I am, but it's all baby steps, right?

  5. What I mean is, national bestseller, me? That's ridiculous!

  6. I think we met not too long before your story was nominated for an Agatha, right? I'm afraid I've lost count. Anyway, congratulations on your overnight sensationship.

  7. Thanks you! You probably helped me write it, Kathy. Yes, it only takes 10 or 12 years to become an overnight sensation, luckily. Glad it's so fast.