Friday, 10 February 2012

A Romantic Novelist


Some wonderfully heartening - and most unexpected - news announced this morning: The Lantern has been shortlisted in the Epic Romantic Novel category for the Romantic Novelists' Association's 2012 Awards. It's up against some very strong competition so I've not a crumb of expectation of this going any further, but just as it is, this is just the spur to the confidence I needed.

The RNA is much respected across the whole publishing industry here in the UK, and they are also renowned for the lovely parties they host! This time we'll all be hoisting a glass at One Whitehall Place in London for the annoucement of the category winners next month and I know it'll be a lot of fun.

Meanwhile, I'm back at my desk, cracking on. One laptop for writing, one for the internet. This is the way it works best for me, writing on the old one using Windows Vista. I get so furious with the Windows 7 on the new one as I can never find the edit icons I want! I've tried and failed to write on it - my temper won't hold long enough for any attempt at romantic lyricism. So the faithful old keyboard it is, some handwritten pages and a good old-fashioned thesaurus and I'm away.

You can read more about the Romantic Novelists' Association here in these links to The Bookseller and the RNA site:

The Bookseller
Romantic Novelists' Association

Oh, and if you thought for a moment that I was most uncreatively tidy, then here's a wider view of my study!

16 comments:

sharon said...

Congratulations Deborah! How exciting and thrilling. As you say just to be on the list is a boost, but who knows .. you may win!

Josina Kamerling said...

wonderful news! is the dutch edition out?

Vanessa K. Eccles said...

Congrats on the novel news! That's very exciting. It looks like you have a very nice place to write. I love the red walls. Many blessings, and happy writing!

Vanessa said...

I'm sure you are in with an excellent chance and I will keep everything crossed in that expectation. BTW your study looks eminently tidy. Writers need to be organised as well as creative and I'm sure you are both.

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Congratulations, Deborah. That is great news.

Bunched Undies said...

Excellent news Deborah, we'll be pulling for you! BTW your office looks quite tidy. Alas, mine is usually covered in dog hair...

Yvonne Osborne said...

Congratulations! That sounds like a major achievement to me.

I like Windows Vista, and I like the wider view of your office. Tidy, perfect places always makes me suspicious. I could never put a picture of my writing area on the net!

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

Congratulations, what a wonderful achievement :)

Angela Bell said...

Congratulations.good luck. Looking forward to the next book!lol Angela

MuMuGB said...

Congratulations! I am very pleased for you. I don't live very far from where the reception is. Give me a shout if you are around and we could have a coffee or a drink! Congrats again!

Lisa Erin said...

Fabulous...sending out positive 'award winning' vibes for you.

Elizabeth Young said...

Congratulations Deborah, I am extremely proud of you and your wonderful nomination. It couldn't happen to a nicer person or more talented writer!

martine said...

Love to find your blog as I as well love provence where I lived for 4 years and love books! Will come back to follow your inspirations, amitié, Martine

Helen Smith said...

Congratulations! What exciting news. Enjoy the party.

Sara Louise said...

Wow! That's such wonderful news! Congratulations!!!

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Thank you all so much for your kind and encouraging words. Not a chance of winning, but it will be fun. I'll let you know how it goes!

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