Thought you might enjoy this piece on my speech at the Romantic Novelists Association Awards this past Monday:
‘We’re in a competitive world and one that is getting a lot tougher,’ he continued. ‘So much crucial review space gives importance to dull books by lionised writers that no one other than awards judges ever reads.’
There is no doubt, however, that all those on the shortlist for the Contemporary Romantic Novel award have enjoyed huge sales, despite what the literary snobs may think. Katie Fforde’s Summer of Love (Arrow £7.99) ultimately saw off stiff competition from Freya North, Jill Mansell, Miranda Dickinson, Karen Swann and Kate Johnson to win the category.
Christina Courtenay won the Historical Romantic Novel with Highland Storms, published by Choc Lit (£7.99) who were also victorious in the Romantic Comedy category with Jane Lovering’s Please Don’t Stop the Music (£7.99).
The Epic Romantic Novel award was won by Rosie Thomas for her multi-generational tale The Kashmir Shawl (HarperCollins £7.99) beating Betsy Tobin, Deborah Lawrenson, Ruth Hamilton and Michael Arditti, the only man on any shortlist here.
Caroline Green’s Dark Ride (£6.99) took the Young Adult Romantic Novel while Sarah Mallory was the winner of the RONA Rose Award for the best in shorter romance with The Dangerous Lord Darrington, (Mills & Boon £3.99).
Each category winner will go on to form the shortlist for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, which will be announced in May so why not try them all and make your own choice.
Romantic novelists like to party and there was a rush for the Churchill Bar after the ceremony, not to mention lots of tweets about hangovers the next day. Cheers ladies!