Thank you to the City of Bayswater

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RITA also says thank you!

In all my post-RITA excitement, I forgot to thank one of my supporters – the City of Bayswater, my local council. When I found out I’d finalled in the RITAs, I applied for an arts grant through a government department. This request was declined – which is fine – however the feedback I received was clearly prejudiced against romance writing, which was extremely disappointing.

Fortunately, the City of Bayswater is far more forward thinking and respectful of the romance genre.  When I returned from Texas, I found a lovely letter from the mayor, Sylan Albert, and a cheque that contributed towards my conference fees (sent prior to the awards announcement).

Thank you to the City of Bayswater for your support of a local author, and of the romance genre.

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The writing process blog chain

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Excerpt now available for Why Resist a Rebel?

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Oooh, my own Youtube video! Plus other bits and pieces…

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