Back from London clutching my certificate and cheque as a contender for the 2013 Joan Hessayon award. The overall winner is Liesel Schwartz with her steampunk romance, A Conspiracy of Alchemists.
There are photos here:
I stayed in a small hotel called Searcys. They welcomed me with a tray of coffee and lovely biccies and brought me breakfast in my room. Getting in is like joining an Agatha Christie set as you press the intercom and they send the lift down to street level. Does make you feel very safe once inside and it was only 2 stops on the underground to Park Place where the RNA party was happening.
The party was full of the romance world. Serena Clarke, another JH contender, had flown over from New Zealand. Several of my Scottish writing friends were there to cheer me on and take yet more photos, later, later. There was wine, fizz and canapées.
The romantic novel of the year was also announced and it went to Jenny Colgan who was looking really Glam.
I had allowed myself Friday morning in London and spent it well. You can read about that, if you like, on my Plays’ blog, here: http://www.annestenhouse.co.uk