This is my acceptance speech. I would have read this up at the podium if I’d have won. I didn’t win and that’s okay, but there are people to thank. This is my chance and this is my place.
Thank you. It’s been a blessed year. I was cleaning out the kitty litter box when I got the call that I’d finaled in this year’s Golden Heart®.
Just like that, I went from riding the carousel to getting in line for the roller coaster. I love roller coasters. The thing is that to get onto the roller coaster, you have to do your time on the carousel and so you better enjoy that ride too. What makes the carousel so great is the people on it with you. I’ve got the best people on it with me and I wouldn’t be here without them.
I’ll start from the beginning – mom, Nora, Joe and Aunt Sally, thank you for being the people I love to spend time with and for showing me how to live by doing what you do. Dad, I know you’re watching wherever you are – thanks for all the feathers. Angelica, thank you for the birthday present. It is perfect. My friends who’ve been on this adventure with me for a long time. The ones who fill my well, share their lives, their loves, their kids, their joys and their challenges with me. You make this adventure more fun and lift me up when I need you the most. Here’s to more good times.
My writing friends, I love you all. Toni, I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you. Kate, you read it all and push me on. The best roommates a woman can have, Christine, Debbie and Maggie – OH MY! I love my chapters from the first one I joined, Los Angeles Romance Authors, to the smallest, East Valley Authors, to the last, Orange County Chapter-RWA®. Thank you Beth for helping me move on with the writing. And my Golden Heart class, the Dragonflies – you made this journey more than I’d imagined it could be – thank you.
Finally, to all of you sitting out there in the audience. Keep writing. Keep entering contests. Keep sending the work out into the world. You will get the call. It may not be this one. It may be another one – your dream agent, your book being made into a movie, you hit a list, or the list. It will happen.
I believe in happily-ever-afters and happily-for-nows and happily-for-these-moments.
I write romances.
If you are a member of Romance Writers of America® and are interested in entering the Golden Heart Contest for unpublished writers, please go to the RWA site here for more information. The 2016 Golden Heart Contest opens for entries at 9:00 AM Central Time on December 10, 2015. If you write Romance and want more information on RWA, please go to the home page here.