The Mentor of the Year Award was established in 2016 to recognize a writer who has offered extraordinary service to the HWA’s Mentor Program, which pairs newer writers with more established writers. Mentors work with their mentees on developing their craft and their business, in the interest of assisting writers in establishing careers.
This year, the Mentor Program Chair has chosen JG Faherty as the 2018 Mentor of the Year.
Upon hearing news of the award, JG said, “It’s really an honor to be chosen as Mentor of the Year. I am a firm believer that the Mentorship program is one of the most important benefits of membership we have, and under Brian Hatcher’s guidance, it’s reached new heights of success. ‘Way, ‘way back in the dark ages (2007 or so), I was a mentee, working on my first novel. I got lucky enough to be paired with then-president Deborah LeBlanc as my mentor. She helped me immensely with my novel and several short stories, and in the process became a friend as well. Without her help, I might never have sold that first book. Because of her, and because of other people in the organization who’ve taught me that giving back is one of the most important things Active members can do, I signed up as a mentor the moment I earned my Active status. My goal is to help each of my mentees the way Deb helped me, because that’s what writers should be doing, helping other writers succeed. And I’m happy to say, that along the way, I’ve made several more friends. What could be better?”
A life-long resident of New York’s haunted Hudson Valley, Faherty is the author of six novels, nine novellas, and more than 60 short stories, and he’s been a finalist for both the Bram Stoker Award® (The Cure, Ghosts of Coronado Bay) and ITW Thriller Award (The Burning Time). He writes adult and YA horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, and paranormal romance, and his works range from quiet, dark suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness. After directing the HWA’s YA program for two years, he implemented the organization’s Library & Literacy Program, which focuses on author-library relations, using horror as a tool to entice more people to read, and supporting library reading and writing programs for young adults. He has also served on the Board of Trustees since 2011. As a child, his favorite playground was a 17th-century cemetery, which many people feel explains a lot. You can follow him at http://www.twitter.com/jgfaherty, http://www.facebook.com/jgfaherty, and http://www.jgfaherty.com.