My apologies for highjacking RoseAnn’s week… but I wanted to wrap up my RWA 2013 posts. As Jaye so kindly posted, I was fortunate enough to win the 2013 Golden Heart® for Best Historical manuscript.
I still can’t quite believe it.
But I guess it happened because I have the video of the speech to prove it:
Thanks to Michele Mannon for the recording.
I honestly didn’t think I had a shot at winning, which was fine. To be nominated was a thrill and a half. I never expected to ever get THAT, let alone a win. This manuscript was a challenge from the word “go” and a bit of a different tone than what I normally write. I questioned it every step of the way. So I feel very humbled by the recognition.
My amazing critique partners went one step further. Little did I know that they were all colluding to present me with the most amazing memento that any RWA conference attendee could ever hope for. Michele and Diana ran around the conference with the matte from a frame and gathered signatures on it. These range from Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Sabrina Jeffries, Courtney Milan, Susan Elizabeth Phillips (!), Nora (!!), Jude Deveraux (!!!), and so many other wonderful authors and friends.
It’s a treasure beyond words and possibly the nicest thing I’ve ever received, discounting my two little girls (and I had a hand or two in that).
So my final thoughts on RWA aren’t about the workshops or the food. Not about the expensive drinks or the lack of hotel towels. They’re about the relationships we form, the women and men we choose to share our lives with. Writers, in case you don’t know, aren’t exactly sane. You can’t not be a little off and decide to do what we do. Without the shoulder to cry on, the laughs, the wine, the brainstorming, and the pats on the back from people who KNOW how hard we’ve struggled, this career would be an uphill battle for sure.
When one of us succeeds, we ALL succeed. Thank you, ladies!