A ROMANTIC author won a prestigious literary award – the night before she was due to give birth to her first child.

Lucy King, real name Lucy Roberts, from Jerez, scooped a top award for her debut novel Damsel in Distress released last year.

Heavily pregnant, the 37-year-old was unable to attend the UK awards dinner hosted by the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA).

“I thought the news might send me to hospital early!”

King, originally from London, triumphed to collect the Joan Hessayon Award.

“I thought the news might send me to hospital early!” explained King, who has lived in Spain for four and a half years.

“To say I was speechless was something of an understatement. It even took my mind off the impending arrival.”

Out of hundreds of authors, King was chosen to feature on the three-strong shortlist.

“To have a book published and to even feature on the shortlist is an honour in itself, but to win was beyond my wildest dreams,” added King.

The author’s second novel, Propositioned by the Billionaire, is due out in July and she is now working on her third.

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