I was an hour and half early for a script meeting, so I headed straight for Costa Coffee in Piccadilly, powered up the laptop and cracked on with the next novel.
This was where quite a bit of Monkey Wars was written – it’s nice and bright, music not too loud, handy powerpoints for a sneaky recharge.
Which made it the perfect setting to hear the news that Monkey Warshad won its category at the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2014!
I was over the moon!
Incredible thought that 2 years ago I was sitting in that same seat working on rewrites, unsure if anyone would ever read the manuscript, and now it has won such a prestigious award.
Thank you Coventry, and everyone who voted!