Tuesday, March 21, was supposed to be just an ordinary writing/revising day for me. I was seated at my desk, coffee mug near at hand and my document open on the computer, when my phone rang. It was 8:26 AM. I don’t get calls very often that early in the day. Caller ID told me the caller’s location but not the caller’s name. I considered not answering. It so often is just a sales call.
But I did answer.
Knock me off my chair. It was an RWA board member, calling to let me know that Keeper of the Stars is a RITA Award finalist. I was so excited I was shaking. I kept shaking for most of the morning.
For those of you who think an author should be used to it if it has happened before, let me tell you, that just isn’t true. For most of us, when it happens, it comes as a total surprise.
Anyway, I love this story, and it is so great to have it recognized by my writing peers.
Later on Tuesday afternoon, I realized something. It was 25 years ago (March 1992) that I got a phone call about my very first book to final for a RITA Award (Rugged Splendor, one of my general market romance novels). Now there’s an anniversary present!
Well, now my plans for this summer have changed. I will be going to Orlando to attend the RWA national conference and awards ceremony. My roommate is a good friend and RITA finalist, although she is a finalist in another category. It will be great fun to cheer each other on.
With any luck, I’ll be able to slip away from the hotel to ride a few rides at Disney World. When I did the same thing twenty years ago, we got rained on. Do you know how humid it is during a rainstorm in Orlando in July under one of those yellow slickers they sell in the Disney gift shops?!? I’m going to hope for no rain this time, even if it is still hot.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep enjoying the surprise.