..in trying to describe how it felt last night when The Edge of Impropriety won the RITA® for Best Historical Romance at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Awards Ceremony, the culminating event of our National Conference.
So I just keep saying yes — yes, thanks — yes, it’s amazing, overwhelming, awesome, thrilling.
No hold-the-presses stuff, I’m afraid, and I know it’s a list of words a writer ought not to lean on.
But true, nonetheless, and will have to serve, in partnership with a picture of Ms. Rita herself.
Oscar size, more or less. Heavy, shiny.
And actually a bit dangerous.
Not only could you brain somebody with her, but the quill pin she’s holding is sharp — which is rather a nice physical representation, don’t you think, of a genre that believes so strongly in the power of female wit?
Reminding me how thoroughly my own wit would have failed me when I got up to the podium, had I not scrawled down a list of whom to thank, and which I’d like to repeat here, with fewer stammers. So here goes.
My deepest thanks to:
RWA and the contest judges.
My editor, Laura Cifelli, for the amazing smart tough love she directed toward the first draft of this book.
My agent, Helen Breitwieser. Just… thank you… thank you, Helen.
My partner in crime Janet Mullany.
And my husband Michael, who reads every word I write, more than helps with the research, and (yes!) writes my synopses. And who is, in every sense of the word, my most astute reader. Thanks for everything.
Come back soon for pictures from the big night!