My mate, Medical Romance Author, Kate Hardy has tagged me…”five things you might not know about me.” The instructions go something like this…..PLEASE LEAVE THE FOLLOWING IN ALL ‘PEOPLE COLLECTION’ POSTS: Remember that it isn’t always the sensational stuff that writers are looking for, it can just as easily be something that you take for granted like having raised twins or knowing how to grow beetroot. Mind you, if you know how to fly a helicopter or have worked as a film extra, do feel free to let the rest of us know about it!
My mind ALWAYS goes blank when I am asked stuff like this but here goes.
1. I adore theatre and used to be heavily involved in an amateur theatre company. My fave part was playing Gwendoline in The Importance of Being Ernest. What’s not to like? I got to swan around in gorgeous dresses and eat cucumber sandwiches. My favourite line was ‘ I always have my diary with me. One must have something interesting to read on the train. ‘
2. When I was a sleep deprived student nurse I managed to lock my keys in the car of my Volkswagen Beetle at 2am. Only problem was, the engine was actually running! Did it cut out? No. It took 2o minutes for my DH to come home from his party with a spare key! All the lights in the neighbour hood came on.
3 I make a wicked Christmas cake. One year I had soaked the fruit for the three days in the booze that the recipe required. Then I broke my arm. My mum finally made the cake after the fruit had soaked in whiskey, rum, brandy, vanilla and lemon essence for a month. Best cake ever! Now I soak it for four weeks every year.
4 I had seven years of infertility before I had the boys. A wilderness experience like that changes you.
5 I once stood by the entry turnstile in a supermarket which had a blocked fire exit. I had asked the manager to clear it before and he had refused so I said to every person who walked in over a half hour period , ‘do you realize you are shopping in a potential fire hazard?’ Within the hour, my voice had been joined by ten others. The manager moved the plant display. The fire exit stayed clear after that.