The Moment I Got My First Review: A friend emailed to say that she’d seen The Thin Pink Line reviewed in Kirkus and that it was a starred review. I immediately got in touch with my editor and asked if she’d seen it. “Oh, I don’t think it’s a starred review,” she said. “That must be some other mark preceding it on the page – maybe it’s a bullet point?” But then, apparently, she looked into it and it was indeed a star. The reason she had assumed it wasn’t was because the notoriously prickly Kirkus, in all the thousands of books from Harlequin imprints it had previously reviewed, had never even once granted one a star. And now it had: to me.