The Romantic Novelists' Association today revealed that Liz Fielding will be presented with the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award on Monday 4th March at the Romantic Novel Awards in London.
Fielding has had a eight nominations for the Romance Writers of America RITA awards, winning twice, first with The Best Man and the Bridesmaid in 2001 and then with The Marriage Miracle in 2006 (both published by Mills & Boon). Fielding has also been nominated for the RoNA Rose Award five times, winning the award in 2005 for A Family of His Own.
Mills & Boon Executive Editor Bryony Green, who has been Fielding's editor since 2001, said: “Liz Fielding is such a joy to work with – she understands her readers and what they want and always delivers. Her characters feel utterly real, relatable and three-dimensional because Liz has such an ear for dialogue and how dialogue changes with each generation. For that reason her novels feel just as fresh and original as they did when she first began in the early 90s, and that is a rare talent. No wonder she’s so beloved by so many readers, authors and editors.”
Fielding was the first Mills & Boon author to have her own website. She has now written 69 titles for Mills & Boon, a further four titles for Scarlet and Tule and three self-published titles, including her own Little Book of Writing Romance to help other writers get started. Her first romance, An Image of You, published in 1992, was set in Tsavo West in Kenya, where she and her husband had spent many happy weekends on safari. The novel was plucked from the slush pile by Pamela Mann from Mills & Boon because the feisty heroine made her laugh. Fielding’s books are published by Harlequin in North America and by Mills & Boon in the UK, and have been published in over 30 overseas markets and 27 different languages.
RNA President Katie Fforde said: "Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre as well as a long-time supporter of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and we are thrilled to recognise her huge contribution to the genre with this award.”
The RNA also announced the sponsorship of two further awards: The Nicola Cornick Fantasy Romantic Novel Award and The Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award.
Jill Mansell, Katie Ginger and Tom and Giovanna Fletcher are among the nominees for the RNA awards, which are the only national literary prizes that recognise excellence in the genre of romantic fiction.