-- My first novel, Death of a Cozy Writer, was completed with the aid of the Malice Domestic Grant.
The William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers awards grants to two unpublished writers in the Malice Domestic genre. Founded in 1993 by Beth Foxwell and recently named for the late William F. Deeck, the program is designed to foster quality Malice Domestic literature and to help the next generation of authors get their first work published.
The "Malice" genre is loosely described as mystery stories of the Agatha Christie type - i.e., “traditional mysteries”. These works usually feature an amateur detective, characters who know each other, and no excessive gore, gratuitous violence, or explicit sex.
It is safe to say I might not be published today except for the encouragement given me by the Malice grants board. My continued thanks go out to its members.
-- Winner for novel DEAD PERFECT: RWA's 2005 Stiletto Award (Thriller Category).
-- Finalist for DEAD PERFECT: 2005 Daphne du Maurier Mystery/Suspense Award and the Sheila 2005 Writing Competition (Chick Lit Category).