I am delighted to have won an international award for my debut novel, Golddigger. The Golden Crown Literary Society announced the award for historical fiction at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Saturday 9 July 2016.
Golddigger tells the story of Frances Moriarty, a heartbroken young immigrant who arrives in 1840s New York on a coffin ship from Ireland. Frances attempts to claw out a new life as one of the California ‘forty-niners’, crossing America in pursuit of gold. But she is still haunted by the life she has left behind in Ireland, falling in love for the first time until the famine devastates her community. Rich with historic detail, Golddigger is an absorbing coming of age story exploring events that shape America and Ireland to this day.
The Golden Crown Literary Society awards recognise excellence in lesbian literature. Previous winners include Sarah Waters and Emma Donoghue. Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony myself and I am very grateful to Karin Kallmaker for collecting the award on my behalf.