While I was in Atlanta a couple weeks ago, I was invited to attend a private reception with the Greater Detroit Romance Writers. You probably remember CIRCLE OF DANGER and CIRCLE OF DECEPTION were finalists in their contest. So exciting!
Anyway, I was sitting there waiting to hear who won as I looked around for the NYT best selling author who would surely be standing up in any minute, when someone said, “Carla, your book won!” The only part I heard was “CIRCLE OF DANGER.”
I believed I squealed and I never squeal. I hugged my agent twice before I walked to the front. Then I said, “I always worried if I won something I would be like Jeff Gordon when he won his first championship and cry so hard that no one would ever understand what I was saying.” Everyone laughed (thank goodness), and then I said, “Thank you so much,” and sat down. I was still in shock.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe my books are good enough to win any contest, but I don’t expect it. Don’t think I’m saying they’re perfect, no, they’re not. But I do believe they’re just as entertaining as any NYT best selling one.
No matter how I say it, it sounds conceited, and goodness, I’m not. It’s just I write books I love to read. Isn’t that what every author should do?
Oh, here’s a picture of the award! Love it! Beautiful! Thank you, GDRWA and the booksellers who read my book!