I know it sounds cliche, but I was just thrilled to be nominated.
I was actually in Canada (working on an amazing new TV show called Trucktown) during the awards ceremony and was gutted not to be there in person.
The Rotherham Awards are very special to me because they are voted on by readers, not adult critics. The young people that I write for actually chose the award winners. I write for the audience, not for reviewers, and so this award (which is my first!) means so much to me.
When I found out I won, it was very early in Toronto, and I recorded a brief video message to thank the readers for the award (it’s about 5 am, see how tired I look!):
The other books in my category were:
-Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver
-Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn
-The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond
That’s amazing company to be in!