I've been invited by the wonderful Julia Ibbotson to join in the Lovely Blog Hop. The blog hop is intended to let you in on a few of the lesser-known things about my life that have helped make me who I am.
You'll find some links to other blogs and writers I like. The writers have all agreed to take part hopping and blogging and being lovely!
This is a difficult one because I have quite a few memories of around the age of two or three. I suppose my most vivid is arriving at playschool for the first time and thinking everything looked huge and exciting. It was a wooden slide/climbing frame that caught my attention the most…and where I spent most of the playschool hours!
The books that had the biggest and most lasting impression on me were Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven series. Once I read these books, I wanted to write a book of my own…as well as setting up several different clubs with my friends where I made badges, passwords, mysteries and prizes. I was a real tomboy growing up and loved getting up to adventures and mischief J
My shelves are groaning with books plus the hundreds I have boxed in the attic. I am a complete bibliophile and despite having hundreds of unread books, I continue to buy them. I resisted the Kindle for a long time, but now use it as my fail safe whenever I am out and about. Stupidly, I still tend to take paperbacks on holiday though…just so I can make a dent in my collection while I’m away!
Currently I’m reading Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult & For The Love of a Fireman by Vonnie Davis.
Libraries are where my passion for books and the written word began. I was borrowing a regular amount of books by the time I was five or six and continued to do so for years. I am guilty of buying rather than borrowing nowadays which is not good because I would hate to see our local library close. I must remedy my reading habits!
Bookshops are as lethal to me as chocolate to other women, lol! Once I go step over the threshold, there is no controlling me. I am yet to go into a bookshop without buying a book…
What’s Your Passion?
Apart from reading and writing?? I can honestly say, I am not entirely sure. Apart from my family and friends, writing is the next most important thing to me. I am my happiest and most peaceful when I’m writing.
I also love to travel – I am looking forward to when my kids are older and my husband and I can take ourselves off around the world without worrying if they’re bored or fed up!
My favourite subjects at school were English and History. I tend to read as much historical non-fiction as I do fiction and hungry to learn more. I am thinking about embarking on a History Open University degree, but just don’t have the time to commit myself at the moment.
I hope that changes in the not too distance future and I can indulge in my love of history, guilt free!
My first book was published in 2007 and I haven’t looked back since. I have just finished my 16th novel and writing the next one. Very soon, I will drawing up a proposal for novels 18 and 19. I love being busy and a total workaholic J
Having wanted to write since I was around eight or nine, I am truly living a lifelong dream and hope that one day I will be earning enough money to travel the world, whilst writing on the deck of a cruise ship. Bliss!
All my books are available online – have a trawl through the books page on my website to see if any take your fancy!
I nominate the following friend to take up the baton in the lovely blog hop: