So… utterly unexpectedly and utterly wonderfully, this happened:
Night of the Party has been shortlisted for the SCBWI-BI Crystal Kite Award. It’s hard to express quite how wonderful this feels. For one thing, it came as a complete shock: there were so many great books on the long list, that I absolutely hadn’t expected to make it through to this stage; not even in one of those wistful if only dreams that can’t quite be dispelled from the back of the mind.
It means so much too, that it’s a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) award. I started my writing life as a solitary creature, discovering SCBWI only after five years and three books, at a time when I was feeling very lost and disenchanted. SCBWI played a huge part in getting me out of that dip, connecting me with a wonderful crit group (Dale Mathers, Carolyn Boyes, Julian Gibbs and Sarah Dalkin) and, through the 2016 Agents’ Party, with my wonderful agent Molly Ker Hawn. And as well as all that, this group has been a source of so much advice, information, debate, challenge, enjoyment, celebration – and above all, friendship: I have truly made some of the best friends of my life here.
So, this is the best thing. And I am delighted.