And now here it is. March 7th 2011. Champagne and canapes galore apparently - which I won't be able to enjoy because I'll be sick with nerves. I've allowed myself to practice a good loser face. Wistful? Nonchalant? Unconcerned? I'm not sure which is best. Green with envy? No, not that. Besides, I genuinely think I won't win. The rest of the short list is crammed with marvellous writers and fabulous novels. One of them will win. (My money's on Elizabeth Chadwick, not least because To Defy a King has the most gorgeous cover.)
Where I have won is by joining the Romantic Novelists Association in the first place, nearly ten years ago. Then I was in possession of a manuscript and a fistful of rejections. Since joining, all along the road to publication the RNA has been there from meeting my agent at an RNA party, to now and being short listed for their main award. It's been great and, because I don't expect that I'll get the chance on the night, I'd like to say a big thank you to the RNA. May you carry on supporting writers for ever.
NEW!!! I've finally got round to organising some course dates....
How to WRITE a Novel: London 3rd May/Birmingham 7th May/
Oxford 8th May/Exeter 21st May/Bath 12th June
How to SELL a Novel: London 24th May/Exeter 4th June/
Bath 3rd July Details are on my website