Over the weekend at Disney Springs, Kip Koelsch’s Delphys Rising won a silver medal at the 2019 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards.
The 53-year-old Dunedin author took the medal in the horror/suspense/thriller category; William Curatolo’s Too Many Hats: Herbal Medicine and the Mob was awarded gold. Silent Survivor by Deborah Shlian also won silver in the category, while Judith Barrett’s Danger in the Clouds took bronze.
“Over the years, many science fiction authors have written about the consequences of human contact and communication with extraterrestrials — invasion, colonization, the extermination of humanity,” Koelsch, who received his Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1995, said in a statement.
“But few writers have contemplated contact with an intelligent species already on earth — like dolphins. In Delphys Rising I explore that possibility.”
He added that, “As a relatively new and sometimes insecure author, [the award is] reassuring and motivating. It makes it easier to enthusiastically move forward with my current and next writing projects.”
That third project could be any one of the things — including a third science fiction thriller, a historical fiction novella and a few science fiction short stories, Koelsch is working on.
Delphys Rising is a science fiction thriller and stand-alone sequel to Koelsch’s first novel, Wendall’s Lullaby, which earned silver at the 2018 FAPA awards. Call you local bookstore to see if it’s carrying the release, or just pop into Dunedin’s Back in the Day Books to see if Koelsch snuck a signed copy onto the shelves at his hometown retailer.