I've been asked to talk a little bit more about the Orange Prize party and celebration so here goes...The stage was along the windows on one side of the festival ball room. It was PACKED with readers, reviewers, publishers, editors, literary agents, authors, publicists and husbands LOL...This is Gordon a true two fisted drinker and Emma my UK Publicist who honestly UBER ROCKS!
Each of the short listed books were on huge projected screens around the room.
All of us shortlisted authors were called up and presented with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers which I could not take home (Hawaii is very strict).I also was given a specially bound copy of LOTTERY inscribed with ORANGE BROADBAND PRIZE FOR FICTION 2008. The food and drink flowed. I ate a quail egg topped with caviar and rinsed the black off my teeth with champagne.
This is a photo of me and Kirsty Lang the judging chair. She was brilliantly nice and funny and a real fan of LOTTERY.
AND THEN???? It was time to take off those high heels and do some serious London research for one of my novels...
You never know what tiny fact creates authenticity in your novel. Check out where the door knob is.
First stop Regents Park.
It was huge. Ginormous to use one of Adrienne's expressions.
And what visit to England could be complete without a trip to the London Zoo. It was full of amazing and ferocious creatures...Komodo Dragons
The zoo even lists the attractions everywhere: Check out the last elusive and dangerous creature...