I was totally and utterly thrilled to win the Romantic Novel of the Year 2014 with A Night on the Orient Express last Monday night - an absolute dream come true. And even more thrilled to meet Helen Fielding, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Darcey Bussell, who was presenting the prizes. I particularly want to thank my agent Araminta and my wonderful team at Orion and everyone at the Venice Simplon Orient Express. Love rules!!
I have lots of exciting events coming up - do come if you can:
26 April Chipping Norton Literary Festival
Shoot Shag or Marry - Rochester, Darcy and Heathcliff - I am chairing a debate on their relative merits with Fanny Blake, Harriet Evans and Janey Fraser - which one is the ultimate romantic hero?
27 April Chipping Norton Literary Festival
Pimp Your Package - get your submission ready for agents and publishers - a hands on workshop to make sure you are in with the best chance.
27 - 29 June Sussex House Party Reading Retreat
Bring your to-be-read pile, sleep under the stars in a bell tent (or the house for the less intrepid), drink bubbles and be fed lovely food. Total relaxation and no interruptions - non-stop reading with maybe a bit of gossip and laughter and a trip to Charleston.
13 - 19 September Chez Castillon
I will be teaching creative writing, focussing on commercial women's fiction - plot, character, dialogue and how to get on with it. Very hands on - don't come if you don't want to be made to write!!