I suppose this announcement is better later than never!
Last year, on a whim, I decided to enter Why Resist a Rebel? into the RITAs, which are best described as the Oscars of the romance writing world. I’ve never entered my other books, mainly as I wasn’t a member of RWAmerica and so the entry fees were very high. But I saw – somewhere, possibly Twitter? – that entries had almost reached capacity, and I decided that I believed in Ruby and Dev enough to enter, regardless of the cost.
It was fantastic to have my RITA books arrive to judge (as a peer-judged competition, all entrants must also judge) and it was fun to be part of the RITA discussions and buzz for the first time. On the day that the finalists were announced I told myself not to get my hopes up, and just before I went to bed at 10pm I checked the RWA page – and saw a link to the RITA finalists. I assumed that meant I hadn’t finalled, so feeling a little flat I checked my email – and there was an email to call a lovely lady at the RWA Office! About now my heart started beating at a million miles an hour, but with my husband at work and bub asleep I had no one to hyperventilate with! I called Cindy who told me in a wonderful accent that I was a finalist in the Short Contemporary category. Woohoo!
So it turns out that the RITA finalists are announced as each finalist is called, so if I’d bothered to click on that link, I would’ve seen that there were currently no finalists in my category, I was the very first
After that Twitter when mad and emails came from everywhere I emailed my editor, and texted my writing friends, even though it was by now quite late. Fortunately the fab Nikki Logan called me, as I SO needed to verbalise my excitement.
I’ve now registered for the San Antonio RWA Conference, as I just have to go now! My sister, who the book is dedicated to (and who helped me with all the Film-related details) is coming as well. It’s all so, so exciting!
Thank you to everyone who has congratulated me and shared my excitement so far, it’s been just wonderful. This is by far the coolest thing to have happened in my writing career, and just the confidence boost I needed (I am currently in the “this-book-sucks” part of my current story).