Two weeks later and still on cloud 9, I rode that cloud into Shakespeare's Bookshop, owned by my Booking Agent, Becky Lucas and her husband Mike Lucas - Mike had also just received his first Notable for his nailbiting YA novel 'What We All Saw'. After some retail celebrations, I walked out the door to receive a text message from Katrina, the Author of 'Bev and Kev'.
'Have you spoken to Little Book Press yet?' she asked.
'Ring them right now and call me immediately,' she said. Well this doesn't sound good, was my first thought. How quickly things can change!
'This is top secret,' said the new Publishing Director, 'you can't tell a soul until it is announced tomorrow... congratulations, 'Bev and Kev' has made the Shortlist.' Best 30 seconds ever! Toughest 24 hours to keep that under my hat! Ok, I may have rushed straight back into the bookshop when no one was in there and not told Becky.