The prize for the winner was a pair of tickets to CrimeFest, and I'm now booking my hotel and that sort of thing, and seeing who else is going to be there and getting quite excited, even though it's over half a year away.
Although I've been writing for quite a while, this is actually the first con-type thing I've ever been to, so it should be a lot of fun. For years I've half-planned to get to Harrogate, not least because it's reasonably close, but it usually falls at a time of year when it's very hard for me to take leave.
I've also had a long-standing reluctance to go to a festival or con before I had a novel published, on account of feeling like a fraud. I know, I know, but that's the way my head works. A good time to have gone would have been after the Debut Dagger nomination and when I was signed up with Gregory & Co, but it didn't quite work out.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to it, and if you see me there, say hello.