The awards are held in a location dear to every vampire lovers heart: in Vlad Dracul's (Dracula) birthplace, the citadel in Sighisoara, Romania.
I would've loved to have been able to personally attend; to roam through the narrow medieval streets and gaze at the same stone houses that Romania's most infamous son would've been familiar with. Sadly, Romania is a long way from Australia.
Maybe next year.
Instead, I appeared via skype, as all nominees were required to give a 20min. presentation that included a reading from our books.
So here I am, on the big screen giving a brief into about myself then answering questions from the audience.
It was fun and I tried hard not to allow my nerves to show.
Anyways, it was a great experience, and although I didn't eventually take the top prize, my Dantonville Legacy series had international exposure.
And that's invaluable.
If you'd like to know why BloodGifted was shortlisted for this award, just CLICK HERE and start reading.