Well I did not win the Love Story of the Year Award – but my good pal Nell Dixon did for Animal Instincts!
Hurrah for Nell and sniff, next year for me. LOL.
Doesn’t Nell look fantastic?
All of the authors agreed when we met up for the photos before the lunch, that just being shortlisted for the Love Story of the Year was such a wonderful achievement in itself- especially since the books were chosen by readers.
And for me? Being shortlisted for my very first published book was extra special.
I had a blast.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my editors at Mills and boon, Kimberley Young and Jenny Hutton, below, who took the chance on me as an unknown author through the RNA New Writers scheme and worked with me for 2 yrs to create ‘Always the Bridemaid’ . They deserve to smile and share the celebration of that first book being shortlisted for a national award.
The dining room was packed, Joanna Trollope was on the next table, and I had a great chance to chat with Joanne Grant – the editor who is now heading up the Romance line, while enjoying the great food, wine and ambiance of the event. Jo always looks so stunning and was just as excited as I was about the award.
And she has great taste in shoes.
Mine are on the left, Jo’s on the right.
Barry Norman was the guest presenter and he was as witty and charming as ever.
But best of all – just been in the company of other writers who are as passionate about the writing and the romance genre as I am – and share the same issues and struggles and concerns.
Allie Spencer and Fiona Harper were great fun as always
as was my pal Jan Sprenger [ complete with lovely bag] from the Reading chapter of the RNA – waves at Claire Dyer and Julie Cohen who both wore FAB shoes which I was too busy drooling over to take pics of at that moment before they got swallowed up in the great crowds
There will no doubt be excellent coverage of all of the awards during today, but I had a great time and would recommend the event to anyone. There is not pretentious nonsense, no showoffs, no formality – even though the hotel was lovely – just people united to celebrate their love of romance fiction and writers in general. Great stuff.
Back to work today, inspired but worn out in the best way.