A Note from Ellen

January 2017

  Fever in the Dark by Ellen Hart

Belated New Year's wishes to everyone!! 2017 is already shaping up to be quite a year in the U.S. It reminds me of that old Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." I'm afraid that's exactly what we're in for.

Last year, 2016, was a difficult and also pretty amazing time for me. I entered the hospital in late February with sepsis and multiple organ failure. Eleven days later I returned home to begin a long recovery. During that time, I learned that my book, The Grave Soul, would receive the Minnesota Book Award for best popular fiction. Alas, I wasn't able to attend the awards ceremony in St. Paul in April, but my dear friend, Carl Brookins, picked it up on my behalf. Wish I could have been there, though I was there in spirit—probably hovering near the food table.

In December, Donna Andrews, executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, contacted me to tell me that I would be named MWA's 2017 Grand Master. I'm sure I didn't speak for nearly a minute. What I do remember clearly was asking her if they had the right person. I mean, I've looked at the Grand Master list many times over the years. These are people such as Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Sara Paretsky, P.D. James, Alfred Hitchcock... and the list goes on. These writers were my mentors—from afar. I never, in my craziest, most ego-centric dreams, imagined I would be placed on that list. It's all pretty surreal. This year, I will share the award with the writer Max Allan Collins. Here is the press release, for those who might be interested.

The award prompted a couple of wonderful interviews/articles.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Curve Magazine

That's all for now. Join me on Facebook for more frequent news and personal comments. In the meantime, I wish you all health, happiness, and great reading in 2017!!!

Ellen Hart





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