There's a game of "blog tag" going on and I've been tagged good and proper by one of my very favourite people (and one of my former coaches) Amanda Murphy of CourageLender.com
And the price to pay for being tagged when you really weren't expecting it? It's revealing 5 little-known facts about yourself all in the spirit of soul-baring and good old fashioned "fun" (ahem!). Here goes...!
1) I was born on 11 October 1972 in Chelmsford hospital (yes, the capital of Essex for my sins!). I came out bum first with my legs wrapped round my head, and, if my mother is to be believed, for the first 7+ days of my life my legs stayed at a right angle to my hips, so I was laying on my back for a week with my legs stuck in the air!
2) When I was little I wanted to be a journalist when I grew up. I also hated vegetables, nuts, seeds, sea veg, wholegrains and just about every other "healthy" food with equal passion! Now I eat and write about raw and living foods for a living. Funny how life turns out!
3) My first paid job was in my step-father's butchers shop aged 13. From there I went on to selling cigarettes and newspapers to stable lads and famous horse trainers and jockeys in central Newmarket. From there I progressed to a toning table salon where I measured women's wobbly bits for a living, and then off to London in January 1992 where my "career proper" began in children's book publishing. Along the way in my publishing career I helped promote and market world-famous children's books such as "Where's Wally?", "Guess How Much I Love You?" and the Maisy and Big Bear, Little Bear books and merchandise. I also got to meet a lot of famous illustrators and authors and went on fun author tours around the UK. Oh happy days!
4) On September 14th 1997 I woke up with a children's story in my head. I wrote it down, sent it to a top children's publisher and they were going to go for it. (This is so rare as to be practically unheard of). Then they went bust. Since then the book has stayed in my heart and in my office, waiting for the right moment to present itself to the publishing world again. It's now 9 years down the line - gasp - and I do believe that time has come or at least is drawing very near to pursue that dream once more. I just know that one day that book is going to change millions of lives - and not just of children...
5) The most amazing day of my life so far was the day I gave birth to my son, Luke, in September 2002. I'd hoped for the "ideal" birth - in water, at home, and that's what I was lucky enough to experience. No drugs, no complications, and just a 6 hour labour. Every day since then I've felt more blessed and more love than I ever thought possible. He's simply an angel in human form... And on 19th Dec, he'll be starring as Joseph in his school nativity!! SO proud!
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Now it's my turn to tag!
Your number's up! ; )