My debut novel, A is for Angelica, has won a Coventry Book Award in the Word of Mouth category. It beat off competition including bestsellers such as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Naturally, I'm over the moon about it.

But I'm not daft. Last year, I read from Angelica at the Coventry Literature Festival and I know that if I hadn't done that, the novel probably wouldn't be on the list. But then that's the point and it's why I'm so pleased.

All word of mouth begins with the author and my reading led to the nomination, which gathered momentum as people began sharing the link to vote on Facebook and Twitter. It was amazing and extremely lovely to see all those people who said kind things about Angelica when it came out talking about the book again.

A huge thank you to everyone who voted or passed on the link. I really, really appreciate it. You can find out more about A is for Angelica right here on my website. And you can get updates on my progress writing novel number two by signing up to my weekly newsletter.