Romantic Novelists Association blog today.
I first joined the RNA back in the mid-noughties, a little diffidently, not really sure what direction to take as a novelist. Nonetheless I made some excellent friends that year, including the marvellous Katie Fforde, whose advice was to follow my heart and write the kind of fiction that appealed to me as a reader. But perhaps because I had three very young children at that stage, and my head wasn't quite in the right space to begin a new novel, I fell away from the RNA and forgot about commercial novel-writing for a few years.
In 2010, with my kids all having started full-time school, I rejoined the RNA. I was bursting with fresh energy and ideas that year, and determined to begin a new career as an historical novelist. And the friends and contacts I made there were so helpful and encouraging, I can recommend the RNA to new or returning writers as a place where dreams do come true.
Within less than a year of rejoining the Association, I'd signed with Luigi Bonomi - deservedly Literary Agent of the Year in 2010 - and landed a three book contract with Transworld. Soon afterwards, I signed another three book contract, this time with Random House Children's Books for a Young Adult paranormal Tudor series (launching this summer with Witchstruck).
Two years on, I'm over the moon to have The Queen's Secret coming out this month, plus an interview on the RNA blog, and to feel I've finally 'arrived' as Victoria Lamb. So many thanks to everyone at the Romantic Novelists Association for continuing to support writers like me and tirelessly promote women's fiction to the world.