Five months have passed since my little book was published, but I still haven’t gotten used to being an author. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night, see the glowing orange letters on my bedside table, and pat the novel like it’s a dog.
I really did it. I actually wrote a book!
I barely remember writing the thing. Most of those 45,000 words got scribbled down in a fevered dream. That first draft was followed by two years of re-writing, endless rejections and fits of depression that I countered with 30 mile training runs through the forest. I kept asking myself: WHY DO I BOTHER!?
Now I know why. Because of mornings like this, when I wake up and learn that it’s been shortlisted for an award. An award that’s been won by Neil Gaiman and Suzanne Collins. An award that’s largely decided by my favourite type of people – book bloggers!
You can click the image below to read about all 5 books that made the shortlist. Buy them all! Support the arts!
I bought your book in September after the Haliburton Race for my daughter (who ran the race with me), But I had to wait till Christmas to read it! Worth the wait. It was motivational and brought back many “memories” of my own ultras.
Congratulations on making the CYBILS shortlist.
Glad that you saw this and that you are happy! Also on the bright side– I ran for the first time ever in the snow, thanks to your blog post a while back. It was very beautiful AND I did not break a hip. Looking forward to what you might write next!
Congratulations on the award and your successful year!