Welcome to the Darkside...

...join me, Akasha Savage, as I brave the deepest dungeons and scale the misty mountains to achieve my dream: to see my novel Bathory in print. I will take you by the hand and keep you beside me as I cross this uncharted territory...

...let us step into the moonlit darkness together...

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Bathory wins an award!

My novel Bathory has won me an award.
I entered the first two chapters into a local Bursary Award run by the Swale Arts Forum, and yesterday I was invited along to the presentation evening where I was presented with one of the runner-up prizes for my work-in-progress.
I was well chuffed!
My prize was a book voucher to spend in Waterstones bookstore...very welcome.
I found the evening an immensely enjoyable one; as an entrant I appeared briefly on stage to read out some of my work (that was a bit nerve-racking: there was the local newspaper, radio & TV there!), but it was also a chance to meet other authors in my area and exchange details, all good social networking. I had a very lengthy conversation with a lovely lady who is in the throes of writing her third crime novel. She gave me lots of advice and tips on how to approach agents and publishers.
It has really given me a boost. As you all know, writing can be a lonely occupation, so it's nice to get a Well Done and a pat on the back at times.
It has made me all the more determined to get Bathory in print and out there.


  1. Oh how WoW! I'm so so pleased for you, Akasha, well done! It's great to hear your work has won you award. It does give you such a boost, just what you needed, something to look back on when the bad times hit and you need some positive to think about.

  2. Akasha, I'm so very happy for you! How exciting, and also, what an honor. I would feel charged up by such a recognition, as well. I think it's amazing how things always fall into place at just the right time. It sounds like that was perfect timing for you. Congratulations! :-)


  3. Excellent news, Akasha! That would definately be a big boost to one's morale.

  4. Fantastic. Congrats, Akasha. Good on ya. Spend wisely. :)

  5. Yay! Many congratulations, Akasha! Finally, some recognition for all your hard work. Get it finished, quick!

  6. Jarmara ~ It certainly has given me a boost. I've been writing every night since!

    Nevine ~ Thanks. It's always nice to get a bit of recognition, and this has come just at the right time.

    Alan ~ Thanks. It was a much needed boost.

    Rabid Fox ~ I already know exactly what I'm spending my voucher on! :)

    Alis ~ I'm working on it!! :D