On the Right Track won the Romantic Book of the Year (the RuBY) in the contemporary romance category of the Romance Writers of Australia awards on 10 August, 2019. To say I was delighted is an understatement - but that will do for starters!
I was honoured to have been a finalist with fabulous writers Kelly Hunter, Madeleine Ash, Jacquie Underdown and Elisabeth Rose, so the fact that On the Right Track was the winner was very much the icing on the cake! What was also wonderful were the kind words and hearty congratulations from so many other writers on the night, and at the RWA conference. I’m celebrating with fellow authors Pamela Cook and Rae Cairns in one of these photos (I’ll spare you the ones of me on the dance floor later in the evening!)
On the Right Track was a lot of fun to write, and gave me the opportunity to reflect on so many happy childhood memories when I spent all my spare time with my horses. I even used one of my pony’s names in this On the Right Track - Fudge (Mr Fudge was my pony’s show name, and he was a palomino like the horse in the popular television program, Mr Ed).
I arrived home to a big task - the proofread for Up on Horseshoe Hill which will took quite a few days. And now? I can’t wait to get stuck into my next book (which has only been on the back burner for a couple of weeks, but it feels like much longer so I’m missing my characters terribly!).
My lovely RuBY trophy is on my bookcase, I have some lovely memories of celebrations with friends, and I’m so happy that winning this award will let other readers find out about Golden and Tor, my much loved characters from On the Right Track.