READIN’AT: Pittsburgh Novelist J.J. Hensley Nominated Alongside Stephen King for International Thriller Award

Since moving to Pittsburgh, one of the things I have been pleasantly surprised to discover is just how much this city embraces the written word and the authors who bring them to life. We’re quite the literary town. As a way to celebrate all things “bookish in the Burgh,” I created this occasional blog feature “READIN’AT” where I talk Pittsburgh-based novels, authors, and more. 

It’s not too often that a newly published author from Pittsburgh sees his first novel nominated for an award.

It’s even less frequently that the author sees Stephen King’s name nominated as a contender for the same award – albeit it in a different category.

(You may have heard of this guy. That would be the same Stephen King who gave us The Stand, Carrie, and Cujo.)

ResolveBut that’s exactly what’s happening to Pittsburgh writer J.J. Hensley, whose debut novel Resolve has been nominated for a 2014 International Thriller Award.

(That would be the J.J. Hensley, former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, now living a quiet life with his wife and daughter here in the ‘Burgh.)

J.J. Hensley’s thriller Resolve is set in the midst of the Pittsburgh Marathon as Dr. Cyprus Keller is plotting a murder as he runs the 26.2 mile race course. (Back in June, J.J. wrote a guest post here on the blog about the book’s message amid the coincidences of the Boston Marathon.)

In the meantime, Resolve has been no stranger to the literary awards scene, already having earned the Best of 2013 Award for Best Debut from Suspense Magazine. But being nominated for the same award – albeit in different categories – as Stephen King carries a different kind of cachet.

The International Thriller Awards are scheduled to be presented during ThrillerFest IX, taking place July 8-12 in New York City, NY. A complete list of award nominees are listed here.

Many congratulations on a well-deserved honor, J.J.  You’ve made Pittsburgh proud.

Click here for more information about J.J. Hensley’s novel Resolve as well as his e-book Vehemence, with two bonus stories.

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