Thank you for the Sir Julius Vogel Award
I was gobsmacked. Speechless. And in tears. Quietly (my friends can vouch that’s not usual for me), I thanked the many people who have shaped my writing – a long list – while tears tracked down my cheeks.
But, wait, roll back. What’s this show of emotion about?
On Sunday night, my book, Dragons’ Realm, received the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel.
Internationally acclaimed fantasy author, Juliet Marillier, and New Zealand fantasy author, Anna McKenzie, had both been teaching us over weekend. Juliet was presenting the writers’ awards. I was sitting at the back of the room, tucked out of sight, when the results were announced.
A tear leaked from my eye. Then another…
Faced with such tough competition, it was such a shock to win.
Kevin Berry nudged me. “You have to walk up the front,” he whispered. “Off you go.”
Usually fast on my feet, I was so stunned that I hadn’t moved! Once I got to the front of the room, you could’ve heard a mouse squeak.
Then my ‘thank yous‘ started. And here they are again.
Thank you to every reader who nominated my book Dragons Realm for Best Youth Novel. Thanks to you, my novel got on the shortlist. And thank you to fans who voted for my shortlisted book in the secret ballot.
My amazing publishers, Deb Potter and Blair Polly of the Fairytale Factory, have been imaginative and worked hard to make Dragons Realm the best book it could be. Thank you to Monkey Lab and Clarke’s critique group – my fantastic peers who review my work: Alicia Ponder, Peter Friend, Lee Murray, Simon Fogarty, Charlotte Kieft and Michelle Child. You guys are my tribe and I love your insight, brainstorming sessions and sense of humor!
Thank you to Grace Bridges of Splashdown Press and Chila of Port Yonder Press for awarding me first place in the SpecFicNZ Going Global Award which opened many doors for me. Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray were my first editors on the Baby Teeth project which saw Marie Hodgkinson of Paper Road Press publish my first short story.
Thanks to Alicia Ponder who found me and introduced me to Phoenix Writers, who got Lost in The Museum with me. Geoff Popham deserves a big thank you for his award-winning art. Then there are all the Phantom Feather Press authors who helped make the Best of Twisty Christmas Tales a success. Paul Mannering’s crazy ideas always spark more of my own. Vicki Cunningham is always positive and cheerful. My family is very cool and support my books – Kurt and the kids love riding dragons and cracking jokes. My friends at home, and loyal readers, friends and writers around the world have been amazingly supportive – especially Holly Lisle’s online forum – all my Write a Book with Me buddies. (I can hear you cheering!)
And thanks to Kyle Mewburn, who mentored me and strengthened my voice!!! (Yes, they can hear me in Switzerland now when I sing!) To the many writers whose workshops I’ve attended (Juliet Marillier, Anna McKenzie, David Hill, Fleur Beale, Ruth Paul to name a few). To Joy Cowley, Dave Freer and David Hill for their contributions to The Best Twisty Christmas Tales.
It’s also great to be part of the SSFANZ, SpeciFicNZ, NZSA, Storylines and the Wellington Children’s Book Association.
Is there anyone I haven’t mentioned? If so, thank you too. We all need a tribe, a village, a city… a circle of supporters, friends and mentors.
The full list of 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award recipients is here.
14 Replies to “Dragons Realm Sir Julius Vogel Award”
Congrats. That’s so awesome, You rock!
Thanks Juneta. I’m thrilled.
I am so happy and excited for you!!! Awesome!!
Thanks Adaram. I appreciate your support. You guys rock.
Congrats on your award for Dragons Realm I am a 33-year-old who read it from the UK and I may not be your target audience but you really deserved the award because it is an excellent piece of story telling.
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I think these stories appeal to all ages. Which parts did you like best? There are 22 endings and I’d be keen to hear which choices you made! 🙂
Wonderful news! Congratulations!
Thanks so much for popping by! It’s nice to see you in this neck of the woods.
This is awesome. Well done 🙂
(and soo envious – Juliette Marillier is one of my faves!)
Angela, I was absolutely thrilled go to lunch a with her a couple of times and to hear her speak about developing her books and the mythology she uses. She really is a wonderful lady and it was great to get to know her a little. I came back and re-read Dreamers Pool (Blackthorn and Grim 1) with new eyes. Thanks for visiting my blog.
I think if I ever win an award, Holly and the forum will be way up on my list too. Hugs and congrats!
Cat, you guys have been amazing. I love the current “Title, Cover Copy” workshop we’re doing… hopefully I’ll be able to get back to it now!
Absolutely fantastic, Eileen!!! I offer you my sincerest congratulations!!!
Thank you John. I should have thanked you too, for your support over the years, and for publishing my work. 🙂
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