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.