I’m still in shock. Yesterday, during my break at work, I looked at my cell phone and saw that I had six missed phone calls from an unknown number, all within an hour. It didn’t dawn on me that yesterday was the day RWA (Romance Writers of America) notifies Golden Heart finalists. I’d completely forgotten because, quite frankly, I didn’t think I had a snowball’s chance in you-know-what of finaling.
So, I called the number back, and when I got the news, I cried. I’m officially a finalist for the 2017 Golden Heart in Contemporary Romance, Short. Did I mention I’m still in shock? I keep checking RWA’s page to see my name, just to make sure it’s still there. No, it wasn’t a mistake. It’s the culmination of so many dreams I’ve had. It also couldn’t have happened at a better time, when I was beginning to wonder if I was being delusional about being any good at this writer thing. I cannot explain to you have amazed and excited I am. Thank you, everyone, for all your wonderful support. Wish me luck!