Killer Year–The Class of 2007

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye
April 21, 2008, 5:23 pm
Filed under: Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members

It is that time. We’ve decided to shut down the Killer Year blog.

Our incredible website, designed by our very own Bill Cameron, will continue to post information as it happens so you can keep updated with the group. Come by and take a look –

But for now, it’s time to say goodbye.

It’s been wonderful of you to have us. Thank you for all of your support. You made our debut year something special.

All our best,

Killer Year 2007

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Patry Francis — Writer Extraordinarie
January 29, 2008, 5:00 am
Filed under: JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members, Patry Francis
Welcome to Patry’s On-Sale Day!!!!


Patry has been an amazing friend to us all this year. She’s kind, and calm, and a voice of reason. I still remember her laughing at me the first time I called her sugar. We’ve had ups and downs this year, and we are so thrilled that Patry is back on the upswing. We love you, sugar!!!!

Watch the cool video Circle of Seven has put together here.

And here’s a sample from the Brilliance Audio version of the book.

Please order Patry’s book today. You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s Where We Get All Misty-Eyed
January 22, 2008, 11:15 am
Filed under: JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members, Marcus Sakey

Killer Year officially goes on sale today. It’s the culmination of so much work, time, effort, and all-around joy. Congratulations, KILLER YEAR!!!

But that’s not all. We officially become the Sophomore Class today with the release of Marcus Sakey’s AT THE CITY’S EDGE. Congratulations to you, Marcus!!!

Congratulations, Derek!!!!!
January 18, 2008, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Derek Nikitas, JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members

It is a happy day in the Killer Year clubhouse, as well as the St. Martin’s Minotaur house.

DEREK NIKITAS, the author of the best book this year, PYRES, has been nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

Derek, congratulations!!!! This nomination is extremely well-deserved. I read PYRES early this year and was so moved by the characters, the unique story, and the lyricism of Derek’s prose. I knew he was something special. This nomination is  so well-deserved, I was all a quiver when I heard the news this morning.

And congratulations to our anthology editor, Michael Homler, who is Derek’s editor as well. He obviously has excellent taste!

Bravo! my friend. Enjoy your day. I daresay it might be a good one!

Moments in Crime
January 13, 2008, 11:32 pm
Filed under: Jason Pinter, JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, KillerYear Friends

Stop by St. Martin’s new blog Moments in Crime all week for sneak peeks at anthology news, posts from Jason, JT and MJ Rose, comments from the Killer Year crew, and an all out party prelude to the publication of KILLER YEAR: STORIES TO DIE FOR!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!
January 2, 2008, 11:46 am
Filed under: JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, KillerYear Friends, | Tags: ,

Amazing, isn’t it? 2007 is gone, baby, gone. Which means our debut year has drawn to a close.

My mates have already summed up the spirit of Killer Year. My life will always be richer for these incredible people. We’ve held private high-five ceremonies, have cried and laughed, rooted for one another, argued like the brothers and sisters we’ve become. 13 siblings, a cooperative class of writers who found common ground and struck out to make ourselves a name. I think we’ve succeeded.

At the end of January, our long-awaited anthology will be in stores. I have to tell you, a finer collection of stories hasn’t been put together. With the leadership and gravitas of Lee Child and Laura Lippman, the spirit defined by MJ Rose, the incredible stories form Ken Bruen, Allison Brennan and Duane Swierczynski, and the amazing efforts of our Killer Year class, this is truly a collector’s item.

The coming months will see the sophomore efforts for our group. And the next books by these fine authors will show that this wasn’t a fluke, that the writers that comprise Killer Year are the real deal.

Sadly, the arrival of 2008 means we’re no longer the debut class. ITW has started a debut author program, which is chock-full of incredible talent. Led by C.J. Lyons, the new class will no doubt go forth and make us all proud. It’s humbling to know that we’ve influenced the renaissance of these cooperative efforts among writers. As Laura Lippman so succinctly states in her anthology coda, we aren’t the first, nor, hopefully, will we be the last.

We’ll continue this blog, leaving the archives intact for those who want to see where we came from. When we have news, book releases and something to say, we’ll post it here. Our website, created by the most incredible Bill Cameron, houses all our current information. Stop by anytime for updated bios, book information, and the like.

I wish there was more to say. This has been an amazing year. I have a lump in my throat because it’s over, but I know we’ll all go on to bigger and better things. My thanks to you, the readers and supporters of Killer Year, for giving us so much of your time. You made this all worthwhile.



Never to be Forgotten
December 20, 2007, 12:53 pm
Filed under: Brett Battles, Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members

Christmas is less than a week away, and soon after that it will be New Year’s Day. It’ll be 2008. The year 2007 will be gone.

There are only a handful of years we can single out in our lives as being important. The year we were born, of course. The year we graduated from high school or college. The year our children were born. And perhaps one or two others that contained special turning points in our lives.

2007 is a year that will always be among those I treasure. Like the other authors here at Killer Year, 2007 represented the year our first novels were published. And for that reason alone, it is special.

Many of us have waited decades for this year to come. Many not quite so long, but wanting it no less than the rest. Now we have lived it. We have experienced it. We are all now published authors.

And in a little less than two week the year will be over. Though none of us have our second books out yet (Marcus, I believe, is first with AT THE CITY’S EDGE, with many of us following in the months after), our debut year is done. I guess to me, we are no longer part of the debuting class. We now enter that group of established novelists.

The road ahead is just as hard as the road behind. Some of us will have it easier than others, but because of the bond we created with Killer Year this past 18 months, we will still be there to help each other. I know I’ll be there to do what I can.

And there is more than just the past year of sharing help, and promotion, and ideas. We have a tangible marker of our time together in the form of the KILLER YEAR Anthology just over a month from today.

When someone asks me to list the years that have been important to me, 2007 will be right near the top, preceded only by the years of my children’s births.

Thank you all – both my KILLER YEAR friends, and all the rest of you that have made this year fantastic.

Brett Battles
THE CLEANER Available now in hardcover and coming in June 2008 in paperback
THE DECEIVED Available June 2008 in hardcover.