This time last year, I was up for a book award. It's open to anyone who is a member of the RNA and has been through their New Writer's Scheme. Sadly, I couldn't attend the Summer Party where the award is announced, and even more sadly I didn't win. (However, I do know last year's winner, and she deserved it so I don't have any sour grapes, honest...)
Happily this year my friend Giselle Green was up for the prize. Again, I couldn't make the party as it was no 1's birthday, but I was delighted to learn yesterday that Giselle won it with Pandora's Box. Which is nearly as good as winning it myself.
Giselle and I both share an editor and an agent, so I am doubly pleased as it's great for them too, and they both deserve it. She is also the mother of six boys (count them. I did say six) and I really don't know how she does it.
I haven't had a chance to read Pandora's Box yet, but I did see an early draft of the beginning and it was brilliant, so I know this is a thoroughly well deserved win, and I can't wait to read it in it's entirety.