|The ARRA mass author signing next to Maggie Nash|
my name was called, I went deaf. I was so sure I’d heard wrong, but everyone seemed to be smiling at me and clapping. I had nothing prepared for this. Somehow, I made it to my feet and staggered up to the podium. And opened my thank you speech with “Oh Crap – now what do I say?” or something along those lines. I remember I thanked my agent who was in attendance and of course my husband, but I can’t remember what else I said. So I thought I might give the speech here that I would like to have given that night.
|Me with my bling|
Firstly I would like to thank the RWA for the support it has given to me over the years on my journey to publication and since.
I would also like to thank the coordinator, Louise and all the readers that made this award possible.
I thank my agent, Jennifer Schober, for her belief in me and my editor at Eos Books, Diana Gill for helping to shape my story into the book it became.
To my family and friends, especially my boys, my parents, Cathy, Mel and Rachel -- I appreciate all your encouragement and for listening to me when the doubt demons came calling.
But I would particularly like to thank my husband of over 20 years, who put up with takeaway dinners, my disorganised mess and my endless hours at the computer. Without you I could never have done this and without you I would never have wanted to. You are the ink in my pen.
So that is my speech. I know that last part is a bit corny, but love does that to you. At least I didn’t say wind beneath my wings :)
The other winners of the RuBY were:Short Sweet:
'Marriage Reunited: Baby On The Way'
'A Doctor, A Nurse: A Christmas Baby'