I'm really honored to discover that Lord Byron's Prophecy is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in the fantasy/science fiction category. It looks like there's just two candidates in this category--myself and literary heavyweight Kevin J. Anderson for Clockwork Lives, a collaboration effort with the legendary Neil Peart of Rush.
So, in short, I don't have a prayer.
Still it's great to be a finalist. One of the best parts of writing is making friends in the community, and I'm very please to say that my good friend and fellow critique-group member Carter Wilson is also a finalist for the CBA in the thriller category with his novel The Comfort of Black. Carter and I will have our share of drinks during the awards ceremony . . . whenever that is.
My critique group is small, consisting of around 6 members, and led by Nebula Award winner Ed Bryant, who is always so generous with his advice and suggestions. That 1/3 of the group is a finalist for the CBA says something pretty positive for Ed as a mentor, and I'm so lucky to have him--and the rest of the group--as cherished friends.
Sean Eads is a writer living in Denver, CO. Originally from Kentucky, he works as a reference librarian.