Congratulations to Claudia Hyde, 2011 winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Young Crime Writer of the Year competition. It was my pleasure to be invited to the reception at which she learned she’d won. And it was wonderful to see her eyes pop with surprise when she realized she wasn’t actually on a day out with her mom and sister, but being presented with a national award.
Diane Janes (on the left in the photo above) coordinated the competition and arranged the presentation, in the gorgeous surroundings of the National Portrait Gallery in London. The view was like a panorama out of Peter Pan.
Claudia is a bright and charming young woman, and, at sixteen, a devilish writer. Here’s her winning short story, “A Cushion Out Of Place.”