So I was hanging out at the YMCA pool, rockin’ my visor hat and counting the four heads of my children to be sure none of them stayed underwater for long, when my phone rang. East coast number. Angela N. Blount, my writer buddy attending RWA nationals said, “I’m calling to congratulate you,” and I said, “Squee!” I’m typically that eloquent.
Angela was so kind to let me know Song for Sophia won the National Reader’s Choice Award in the Historical Romance category. She’d also won her category in the Finally A Bride contest, so we were both having a good day.
After I hung up with Angela, I shouted, “Woot! Woot!” My Shakira-inspired victory dance attracted a bit of unwanted attention, so I sat down. The stupid grin took a little longer to fade. My kids came over, probably to make sure my pants weren’t on fire or anything, and when I told them the news they were so proud they started telling random people, “My mom’s a writer! And she won a contest, so now she’s famous.” The nice folks at the YMCA were duly impressed, I’m sure.
Anyway, you might know my historical Song for Sophia is a bit of a rebel, what with the austistic savant/assassin hero and all, so the contest win was a pleasant surprise. I’m honored. A big thanks to OKRWA for hosting the event, and congratulations to the other NRCA finalists and winners. Props to Angela for taking pictures so I could almost feel like I was there. (I may or may not have licked the screen when I saw that scrumptious cherry dessert.)