It is indeed heartening to see my favourite genre — Romance included as a category in this newest literary awards, and a timely tribute to romance authors all over. The winners of the first annual Quills Awards were selected based on consumer votes and are therefore a reflection of popular tastes.
Debbie Macomber, whose ‘A Season of Angels’ had me laughing and shedding tears in parts, is the proud winner of the ‘Best Romance Award’ for ’44 Cranberry Point’. She beat Nora Roberts, a women’s lit powerhouse, Janet Evanovich and MaryJanice Davidson to the title honour, and will be receiving the award from Candace Bushnell (‘Sex and the City’) in a glitzy award show to be aired on NBC this 22 Oct. Too bad we won’t get to see that here at this little red dot on the earth.
For a list of the winners in other categories, visit the official site. I’ll be going through that list to see which books to add to my reading quest, and for sure Debbie’s is one of them. Now this is another award that I would love to see one of the Squawkers similarly honoured next year. Go, Eloisa, Teresa, Christina, Lisa, Connie and Elisabeth!
Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.