"I simply couldn’t believe it. I had to re-read the letter from the nominating committee about thirty times until it very, very slowly, sunk in. I don’t generally need that long to get the gist of something, but for several minutes I simply couldn’t grasp what I was reading. Eventually though, I did catch on. I got out of my chair and danced around my office, then through the house. Keeping the news quiet until the shortlist was officially announced was like trying not to let anyone see me breathe, or blink."
I've been away for a bit, and came home this weekend to some fun things.
First, I was a guest blogger at my publisher's blog last month. They asked me to write about what it's like to be nominated for an award, so I gave them a piece about my first award nomination in 2011, when my first book, The Gargoyle in my Yard was shortlisted for the Diamond Willow award. That's an excerpt, above.
Here's the link to the full blog piece: http://www.dundurn.com/news/when_good_news_hits
Second, my upcoming book, Jake and the Giant Hand (Dundurn, Sept. 2014), is getting great reviews from bloggers and folks on Goodreads.
Here's a lovely review from The Book Faerie (thank you!): http://bkfaerie.blogspot.ca/2014/07/jake-and-giant-hand-by-philippa-dowding.html
And another from Moon Shine Art Spot (another thank you!):
And here is the Goodreads page for Jake and the Giant Hand, lots of love there: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18778579-jake-and-the-giant-hand
I'm currently writing the next book in the series, Max and the Monster Outside, due next fall. It's weird too!