This blog is a tweaked redo from a few months back – with UPDATES! (wonderful updates)
July is the time of year when the Romance Writers of America announce the winners for their version of the Oscars – the RITAs and the Golden Heart contest. Authors across the nation tamp down their anxiety, hopes and fears on the given day, yet only a few receive the call.
Fiona Lowe WON! the RITA contemporary romance category with an e-book from Carina Press with Boomerang Bride (an absolutely wonderful book). Being an e-book first, this was the underdog favorite in the contemporary romance category – a first final for Carina Press – and Boomerang Bride went on to win the category. Such pure bliss!
Back in 2005, when I sold my first book to Harlequin Mills & Boon, I immediately was contacted by a lovely woman from Australia who’d sold her first book to the Medical Romance line six weeks earlier. Her name was Fiona and she called us “Twins” since we’d sold so close together. Without her friendship and guidance, as we coursed the all-new-to-us waters of publishing, I would have sunk! So to say I was happy to hear her name announced at the RITAs with her very first single title book – Boomerang Bride – is a complete understatement!
Her acceptance speech hit the perfect mark. It was gracious and delivered flawlessly, and most importantly she made a few important points so others struggling through this process of writing and publishing wouldn’t give up.
Boomerang Bride, according to Fiona, was rejected by XX number of agents – many who told her that an Australian heroine wouldn’t go over in the US. She was rejected by XX number of print publishers, and though discouraged but not defeated, she submitted to Carina Press. The rest, as they say, is history (or as I like to spell it HERSTORY.)
Since the RITA might be a once in a lifetime thing, Fiona decided to come all the way from Australia to the RWA national conference. I was so happy to meet her and spend some fun time eating special lunches and dancing the night away at the Harlequin Party Friday night. Thanks for the memories, kiddo. 🙂
WELL DONE, FI! CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS SPECIAL MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME.
Until next week, make it a great one!