Being Romantic by Tamsyn Murray 

I was thrilled, honoured, proud, delighted, over the moon, happy and excited to find that my book, Instructions for a Second-hand Heart, had been shortlisted for the 2017 Romantic Novelists’ Association awards (from now on called RoNAs) . I’ve been a member of the RNA for around seven or eight years now but I’ve only ever been shortlisted for a RoNA once before, for My So-Called Phantom Lovelife, back in 2012.

It was the very first year there had been a Young Adult category and I was really excited and anxious. I wanted to win, of couse, but going to the glittering award ceremony meant leaving my new baby and I was anxious about that. I didn’t win in the end – Caroline Green did, with Dark Ride (a fab read!) – but I did learn to perfect my Gracious Loser face.

There are some great titles on the list this year – I’m sure you recognise a lot of them. The standard is very high – I’m not confident my book is the best. But like everyone’s parents always tell them – it isn’t the winning that matters, it’s the taking part. So at the moment, I’m enjoying being part of such a talented group of writers. The award ceremony is on Monday 13th March – good luck, everyone!

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