Monday, March 26, 2007
Wahoo, I'm a RITA Finalist!
For a romance author, a certain day late in March is often nail-biting time. That's when the phone calls go out to the finalists in the Romance Writers of America's RITA contest for excellence in romantic fiction.
This year? I so was not paying attention. I did have the date marked on my calendar, but when that certain Sunday rolled around, I was going about my Sunday stuff: laundry, groceries, etc., totally oblivious.
Then I got a call from Linda Howard. I mean, hey. It's way cool to get a call from Linda Howard under any circumstances. But even cooler when you learn she's calling to tell you you're up for the RITA in the Best Short Contemporary Romance Category. Whoopee!
Winners will be announced at the big RWA conference this July--it's in Dallas. I can drive there. Love that as it's easier to take a full-length evening dress for the gala night when the winners are announced. I will so be ready for my close-up.
This year, there's lots of controversy surrounding the RITAs. The amazing Barbara Samuel has put out the call to elevate the RITAs in the consciousness of the world-at-large. Certain high-profile online reader blogs are totally not impressed. I love controversy. Raises awareness and that's a good thing!
For all the snarkilicious scoop, go here: DearAuthor.com and here: Romancing the Blog.
Meanwhile, pardon me while I do the happy dance! Married in Haste has a chance at the RITA!