Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Romantic Novelists' Association Awards, a dress like a lampshade and thanks to people I was too drunk to thank at the time
Anyway. The whole event went off beautifully. I sat and drank much pink champagne, and was, in fact, right in the middle of quaffing a glass when my name was announced as the winner of the Romantic Comedy Novel! Yes, just like that, right in the middle of knocking back some alcohol! Well, I had a good mind to make them wait! But I was desperate for a wee and everything, and they were all so terribly nice about my book that I felt it politic to go and collect the award. So I did. In my lampshade frock and my nearly-but-not-quite-wellington boots and with my expression on sideways (because my mouth was trying to get back to the champagne) I stumped up onto the podium, collected the rather lovely glass star (WITH MY NAME ON IT!!) and said some words which appeared to make some kind of sense because people laughed and clapped, or perhaps they just wanted to encourage me to shut up and get back to the champagne.
And now, in true 'Luvvie' style, is a list of 'thank yous' that I fear I may have inadequately expressed at the time.
My wonderful agent Kate Nash, who fed me lunch before the event so that I wouldn't become too drunk. That was a truly Epic Fail, but a nice try anyway.
The Choc Lit crew, for getting Please Don't Stop the Music into any kind of shape to win anything other than Best in Show.
My co-nominated Choc Lit authors, Pia (Christina Courtney) and Kate Johnson for their company during a truly terrifying photographic experience. Pia went on to win Historical Novel of the Year and Kate was nominated for Contemporary Novel (and was narrowly pipped at the post by Katie Fforde, sadly. Well, not sadly for Katie, but sadly for us Choc Litters).
My gorgeous Other Half, Steve, who kept me upright, told me I would win and managed to focus for long enough to find the other Choc Lit crew in a Pizza Express where they had gone to hide from me.
And pretty much anyone else who knows me. Your support has kept me going. This award is for all of you too. Look, here it is. I know my name is on it, but your is too, in spirit.