My best week ever . . .

For those of you who read my previous blog post about being shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists” Association Indie Champion of the Year I have some follow-on news to share.

I learned via Melanie Griffiths (PA to the RNA Committee) that BBC Radio Leicester would like to interview me about my path to publication and my thoughts on being shortlisted for the award.

Many moons ago, when Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Mags Cullingford and I formed New Romantics Press, Radio Leicester – thanks to Adrienne’s PR contacts – sent two reporters to find out what indie publishing was all about. We met in The Bell, Burton Overy and had a fabulous morning talking about books and hopes for the future. A four legged friend even came along to boost our confidence – not that we stopped talking all morning.

But last week’s interview was different. I now have six books under my belt and the RNA kindly arranged everything. Sadly, because of the pandemic I was unable to go into Radio Leicester’s studios and the interview had to be conducted over the phone. As a former teacher, I’m used to public speaking and over the years have held workshops and given talks in libraries and to other writers’ groups without blinking. But this was different. It was the first time I’d been interviewed without any of New Romantic Press being present. Luckily, the journalist who interviewed me, Summaya Mughal, was professional and a really lovely person and soon put me at my ease.

You can listen to the whole interview here. I hope you find time to listen to my interview as it will disappear off the Radio Leicester website by Friday 5th November..

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09xcd8c

Summaya asked me:

  • how did I get into writing
  • where my love of romantic fiction stems from
  • how ‘Scottish-themed’ romance differs from other romantic genres
  • what attracts readers to romantic fiction
  • how Leicestershire and Rutland Chapter of the RNA came into being
  • how did it feel to be nominated for the award
  • what is novel #7 about

Summaya said: “I haven’t really read any romantic novels”. Naturally, I had to rectify that. I headed for the Radio Leicester studios two days later to drop off a copy of Harper’s Highland Fling along with a thank you letter. However, due to Covid, the premises were locked and barred so left the package in the mail box. On my way back to the car park I called into newly opened indie bookshop FOX BOOKS. It’s such a rarity to find an independent bookshop which looks favourably on indie authors and is willing to stock their novels. Look out for future blog posts about Fox Books and me.

And, finally . . . I learned that I’d had a press release in the Leicester Mercury, too, so my week was complete.

For now, though, it’s back to the keyboard, getting on with #7 – working title: DARK HIGHLAND SKIES – and biting my fingernails until the award ceremony of October 28th. It would be nice to win, of course it would, but I’ll carry on writing, flying the indie flag and supporting the RNA whatever the outcome

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My WIP stands at 42k but I need to get motoring if I want to have it ready to send to my formatter before spring 2022. My ancient computer is about to give up the ghost but I don’t want to buy a new one and have to learn its idiosyncrasies before I finish the novel. Luckily I store everything on ‘DROPBOX’ in case of system failure and email copies to myself every night before I switch off. Maybe in my next blog post I’ll give you a hint what the novel is about.

Have a great weekend

About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which our books are published. I have published six books since 2012, the latest being Harper's Highland Fling. I am currently working on #7 which I hope to publish in 2022. In the meantime, do check out my Amazon page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieLamb and click 'FOLLOW' to keep up to date with me and my news.

Posted on October 23, 2021, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Fabulous news Lizzie, I’m so proud of you & all your hard work. I loved hearing your interview. Fingers crossed for you on Oct 28. Love you heaps xx

    On Sat, 23 Oct. 2021, 5:02 pm Lizzie Lamb – author, wrote:

    > Lizzie Lamb posted: ” For those of you who read my previous blog post > about being shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists” Association Indie > Champion of the Year I have some follow-on news to share. I learned via > Melanie Griffiths (PA to the RNA Committee) that BBC Radio” >

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    • Awww,t hanks Lotte. It’s going to be quite a week as we’re heading to London for an overnight stay on Thursday. Even if I don’t win I’m enjoying the journey. Thank you for your support.

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  2. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    Good morning. Read about my radio interview, my being shortlisted for an Industry Award – Indie Champion 2021 – by the RNA and a mention of my SWIP. Have a great weekend.

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  3. It was lovely listening to you on the radio, Lizzie, I am so glad we can get BBC radio over here, too thanks to the internet. I shall be sending good vibes on Thursday, fingers crossed!
    And please, don’t let us wait too long for Dark Highland Skies LOL
    xxx

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    • Good morning Isabella and thanks for commenting. It’s great that you can get the BBC in Italy, too. I’ve been told by ‘a certain person’ To slow down next week so that I can enjoy Thursday properly! But you know me! I’m now on 43,000 words of Dark Highland Skies. 🌌

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  4. Absolutely wonderful news Lizzie, and so well-deserved. It’s not only an acknowledgement of your own fab books, but also of your constant hard work and support for others. Go Lizzie!!

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    • Hi June, thanks for dropping by. As I’ve always stated, authors, especially indie authors, rely on the kindness and support of other authors and readers. I value your friendship and support. We’ve had such fun along the way and I’m planning something BIG for our tenth anniversary next year.

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  5. Love the blog, Lizzie. Great interview. And, congratulations on being shortlisted for he Indie champion of the Year. You work so hard, you deserve it. I’m looking forward to seeing the award on November 5th. Good luck, Lizzie. xx

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  6. Fingers crossed, eh Maddy? Thank you for being supportive. Indie authors have to work really hard as you know only too well. I am considering having hardbacks made of all my novels seeing as Amazon KDP is making it available. The price might put me off, though !!

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  7. What a wonderful week for you. I really enjoyed listening to you on the radio and loved the wee Scottish accent. You deserve the accolades and everything is crossed for the ceremony. I got all excited at the end of the week, hoping for news, and realised the event is next week. Whatever happens, it’s wonderful to get your books out there and a mention in the trade press. Looking forward to your next novel.

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    • Thank you Jessie, I appreciate your support. As an indie author you understand how much effort we have to put into ‘getting our books out there’. Sometimes I have to remind myself that the most important thing is ‘getting the next book written.’ Very excited about the coming event but will remain cool, calm and collected. LOL.

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  8. Joan Davies-Bushby

    Your interview on Radio Leicester was great listening. Another reminder of how you have worked so hard to get where you are and of how you have helped others in their writing journey. Enjoy your awards evening and all fingers crossed. You really deserve to win.

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    • Hi Joan, as a former teacher (just like you) I think its ingrained into us to help others success. You’ve been with me every step of the way on my journey to publication and I wouldn’t have got this far without your help and friendship. Thank you xx

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  9. Really enjoyed you discussing your writing journey Lizzie. You have worked so hard and produced some amazing books – hand on heart, I have enjoyed every one of them! Looking forward to #7 and wishing you all the best for this coming weekend. xx

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    • Thanks Jo, I’ve enjoyed your books, too. Not to mention our monthly phone calls on the subject of writing, plotting and getting the next one out there. As a fellow indie you know the work (and expense) which goes into producing a book we can be proud of. I appreciate your support and I plan on enjoying every minute of the event.

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  10. A fabulous week for sure, Lizzie. So pleased for you. I thoroughly enjoyed your interview with Summaya. As I was listening, I was so proud, thinking, “that’s my lovely super-talented friend Lizzie chatting on the radio. She fully deserves every accolade going. Go on, Lizzie!” I’m rooting for you to win the RNA award. Well done also for getting a mention in the press. I love all your books and can’t wait to read your next novel as I know it will be another winner xxx

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    • Jan, one of the best things resulting from joining the RNA is making lovely friends like you. I remember that night we met at the Mechanics Institute with great fondness. I also value the help you’ve given me along the way and I know that sound advice is just a phone call away, If I win on Thursday, it’ll be not just for me, but for everyone who’s worked hard to get their novels published.

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  11. Hi Lizzie, what a brilliant blog. I can feel a real buzz there and as so often happens when a dollop of positive energy kicks in, demonstrating how far we’ve all travelled on this wonderful journey, a re-emergence of the thrill of writing your fabulous books and connecting with readers who just love them! Always the icing on the cake.
    Fantastic interview, and here’s to many more … you’re a natural!
    Good luck on Thursday! Although you are totally the winner in my eyes, and the original Indie Champion without a doubt! X

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    • Many thanks Adrienne for your positive words and encouraging vibe! As I said on many occasions I wouldn’t have got this far without help and encouragement of writing mates such as you. I hope very much to see you at the ceremony and I know you have fingers legs and everything else crossed for me. Only downside is that Dave has refused to wear his kilt! Man, honestly. Maybe he thought it be a bit draughty on the platform at St Pancras. Can’t wait for Thursday which ever way the nomination goes.

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  12. Reblogged this on Adrienne Vaughan and commented:
    My stable mate Lizzie Lamb sharing a fabulous insight into being an Indie Champion and why novels, writing and friendship mean so much … just lovely!

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