I doubt there are any readers of Being Anne who are now unaware of the fact that I was so very delighted to win the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Media Star of the Year award at last week’s winter party. Those who were there on the night were certainly left in no doubt (although my “speech” is rather a blur!) – and my sheer joy meant that it was a piece of news that you would have struggled to miss on Twitter or Facebook.
I had really planned to write a longer post – all about the RNA itself, the many lovely people I spoke with on the night, the old friends and the newer ones, the many wonderful authors (my heroes!) that I met for the first time, the party (what a magnificent feat of organisation!) and the magical moment itself. And then I decided it would be quite impossible – and I think you really might have all heard more than enough from me by now.
So instead, I’ll just take the opportunity to say a massive and heartfelt… THANK YOU!
And that’s to those who nominated me and voted, to the RNA themselves, to the many people who congratulated me so warmly on the night, and to the even greater numbers who offered their congratulations via social media (with apologies that I just couldn’t acknowledge or respond to everyone personally – I really wanted to!). Thank you too to the blogger community who unfailingly provide such tremendous support and friendship. And, as I said on the night, perhaps the biggest thank you is to all those of you who write the books that delight me daily and that have provided me with so many years of unadulterated reading pleasure.
I really mustn’t finish without mentioning the other industry award winners and nominees – with many congratulations to everyone. But I would like to particularly mention the other lovely people also shortlisted in the Media Star category, every one of whom would have been a worthy winner.
A particular mention to Rachel – as a friend, and someone whose energy, passion and total commitment to the world of books is never anything but wholly exceptional. Her personal support has been quite wonderful, and I was really moved by the generosity of her congratulations while watching me walk away with a title and trophy that she more than deserved.
If you haven’t read her excellent reviews of the books she loves every bit as much as I do, you’ll find them at Rachel’s Random Reads: I also review regularly for her highly efficient business, Rachel’s Random Resources, and recommend it without reservation to authors and publishers alike. But I’d also like to highly recommend the other two shortlistees – Caroline O’Donoghue and her excellent podcast Sentimental Garbage, and the lovely ladies of #UKRomChat. I really hope to be at next year’s party (try and keep me away!) in the hope that I can see one of you taking your place on that podium.
In case anyone was worried, the lovely (and very heavy!) trophy did make it home safely – I now just need to decide where to display it. And I’ll also share the fact that my mum – who, just for once, before I showed her the trophy and photos, remembered both my name and where I was for the couple of days I was absent – was so very proud of her daughter…
My thanks to Linda Hill, Annette Hannah and Jessica Redland for the photos (the blurred one of the screen display is all mine).