Announcement: The Thief’s Daughter is a Contender for the Joan Hessayon Award!

Today the Romantic Novelists’ Association has announced the contenders for the Joan Hessayon Award and I am delighted to say that my debut novel with Choc Lit, The Thief’s Daughter, is one of them!

The Thief’s Daughter is one of an eleven strong  list of authors whose debut novels have been accepted for publication after passing through the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme. Membership of the scheme is highly sought after as only 250 places are offered to unpublished writers writing in the romance genre each year.

The Joan Hessayon Award is sponsored by author and gardening expert, Dr. David Hessayon OBE, in honour of his late wife Joan, who was a longstanding member of the RNA and a great supporter of its New Writers’ Scheme. I am also delighted to discover that two of my fellow Choc Lit authors, Morton S. Gray, with her debut The Girl on the Beach, and Lynda Stacey, with her debut House of Secrets, are also contenders.


The Award will be announced and presented at the RNA’s Summer Party, on the 18th May at the Royal Overseas League in London, which means this Cornish maid will be travelling to the big city next month! RNA parties are always fun, as it is a chance to meet fellow RNA members (who I have already connected with through social media) and an opportunity to make new friends.

There are a lot of unsung heroes and heroines (mainly heroines) who help to run the RNA. Most do this in their own time while navigating their own writing careers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RNA for the support and friendship the association has given me on my journey to publication. Whoever wins the award on the 18th May, I still feel blessed that I am a contender and in such worthy company.

© 2018 Victoria Cornwall