It's always a tension filled time waiting to see if your book has made it to the Notables list of the CBCA awards. At 7 pm when the awards were announced on the website, the web page wouldn't load for awhile, then slowly it revealed 'Leave Taking' was nestled in the younger readers category.
Notables Book of the year 2019
Such relief, such excitement, such sweet joy for my publishers who had risked and had faith in my verse novel- not an easy genre to be published in.
Then two days later 'Leave Taking' became shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Literary awards.
State Library NSWPremiers Literary awards
And best of all there is a new verse novel in the wings for me!
Happy writing and reading.