Langold writer Imogen Howson can now officially describe herself as an award-winning author after picking up a prestigious national prize for her novel Linked.
Imogen was named the winner of the Young Adult category at the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RoNA) awards at the Gladstone Library in London’s Whitehall.
That put her on the short-list for the overall Romantic Novel of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honours in British writing.
And although she didn’t take the top prize, just winning her category was thrilling enough for Imogen.
“I must update my website now and make sure everyone sees the words award-winning before my name in future,” she said.
“It was just so lovely and amazing to win, although I’m told had the most shocked faced in the world when I went up to get my award.”
“My husband and I were getting ready to go to the awards at the hotel beforehand and I was saying to him that I didn’t think I was going to win. How wrong I was!”
Imogen received her award from star ballerina Darcey Bussell and was thrilled to meet both her and Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding, who was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.
“Darcey was just so beautiful and Helen Fielding was lovely. I managed to have chat with her and she was so nice and friendly,” Imogen continued.
“Meeting her was just the biggest thrill of my life.”
And Imogen hopes winning her award will now lead to big changes in her life as her writing career takes off even more.
“I hope this will lead to more success for my books and increase my profile as a writer even more,” she said.
“I’ve been a member of RoNA for a long time and that has made winning this even more special as it feels like it’s been kept in the family.”
“It’s wonderful for a place like Langold too, to have something like this happen to one of their residents, so I’m just so proud and pleased to have won.”