Yes, that's me, accepting my Sunburst Award from chair Rebecca Simkin (who is wonderful even apart from the fact that she has just handed me a medal and a cheque). I am, once again, so thrilled to be honoured this way. The other works and writers who have been recognized with this award are beyond amazing!
Since I believe in celebrating wins when we get'em, I wore my medal all night at the bar. (I may or may not have worn it to bed.)
This win is a very happy ending for Spells of Blood and Kin. It's not totally an ending, of course--it remains in print and on sale in stores--but unless there's a movie deal or something (hi, producers! You're all reading this, right?) it will take a back seat to newer works. Some of those newer works will also be written by me (uh, not right away, but watch this space).
I won't be a debut novelist next time around. I'll be a grizzled veteran (not a metaphor...you should see how much grey hair I have now). I can't wait.
2017 has treated a lot of us roughly, I have to say, but I'm coming out of it with this little sun in my pocket. It's so much more than I expected, and I'm taking it as a sign for how much more the future has in store. 2018: I'm on the horizon, and I'm climbing up.