Feeling famous ;-)

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I’ve just got back from taking my daughter to a soft play area with my friend and her daughter. It was great fun. Lizzy loves playing with other children and she really enjoys people watching (just like me!). I’ve always liked using my imagination and pretending that people are characters in a story.

Lizzy likes to stand in the middle of the football area and watching the balls whizz past her. This isn’t the safest place to be so I have to persuade her to go and play in the ball pool instead. Today, when I went to get her I was recognised by a boy. He’s a pupil at Spinney Avenue Primary School and remembered me from when I gave an author talk for my Zayn biography. Year 5 and Year 6 pupils from the school actually helped me write the book by reviewing the boys’ albums.

Yesterday I had a great day writing. I love waking up early and writing while everyone else is asleep. I was joined by my cat Tobey, he loves keeping me company.

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Your stories are amazing!

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My Taylor Swift book is coming together wonderfully. So many fans have been in touch to share their amazing stories of meeting Taylor. There are so many dedicated Swifties from so many countries that I’m struggling to reply to everyone. I’m finding that Shake It Off is the most popular song but you all love so many different ones. I keep watching her videos over and over – they’re all so good. My favourite has to be Blank Space. I hope Tay gets to do a full length movie one day, she’d be an incredible actress because she’s so good at playing different characters in her music videos.

I can’t decide which story is my favourite, I think the fans who went to her secret sessions were so lucky and I’d give anything to have been invited to her apartment. I’d love to cuddle Meredith and Olivia and eat a cookie that Tay has baked herself.

Which of Tay’s songs do you love the most?

 

Love my crazy family!

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Today is my birthday and my brother and dad have sent me a special message. They’re travelling around South America so couldn’t be with me but they’ll be back in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait, I normally see them every day and my brother has been away since early February. My dad only flew out last week but I’m a daddy’s girl and speaking to him on Skype just isn’t the same.

I think it’s a very creative way of wishing me a happy birthday, don’t you agree?

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B is for… Books

I’ve always been a book worm and I used to sit in the corner of the playground reading when I was six years old. I used to devour books, I would read a whole book in a couple of hours. My mum and dad would send me to bed each night and I’d secretly read, even though there was no light on in my room and I had to rely on the light on the landing. If I heard them walking up the stairs I’d quickly put my book on the floor and pretend to be asleep. Reading in the dark is never a good idea (however good the book is!) and I think I strained my eyes doing it. I ended up needing glasses by the time I was seven.

widnes-libraryI used to love going to my local library with my mum and sister. Choosing books at Widnes library was lots of fun and I thought the place was magical. I had no idea that I would end up working in the library when I was nineteen. (When I went to my interview for a library assistant position one of the ladies who interviewed me recognised me because I’d been the library so many times as a child. Wendy would become the best boss I ever had and a good friend.)

I love how books transport you to new places. I’ve always had an active imagination and I think books have played a big part. When I worked at the library one of my main tasks was to put away the books that had been returned. I used to love walking around with a big pile of books and putting them back in the right place. I quickly learnt where books by different authors went, I could have done it blindfold by the time I left to move to Cornwall to do my Masters degree in 2006. I wasn’t the best library assistant in the world, I often found myself reading the blurbs on the back of books and having a sneaky peak at the first few pages!

My own books

bumpI might have written over twenty books now but all of them are special to me in different ways. Nothing beats holding the first copy in my hand and I really love seeing my books in book stores and libraries. I love thinking that people all around the world are reading my books.

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Giving author talks in my local library and running writing workshops for the young people in my borough has been one of the highlights of being a published author. I wrote a Twilight inspired script for a special event with a group of teenagers and it was such a good project. I hope to do another project with them again soon.

(I don’t have many photos of me pregnant but here is one at a special One Direction event at Halton Lea library with a cut-out of Harry Styles. Pic credit: Widnes Weekly News)

My favourite books

I’ve loved so many books over the years that it’s hard to choose my favourites but here goes…

In primary school my favourite authors were Enid Blyton and Jacqueline Wilson. I was a huge fan of the Secret Seven series and used to pretend I had my own Secret Seven in my garden. If my friends wanted to go into my playhouse they had to remember the password. My favourite book was I Am David by Anne Holm.

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In high school, my favourite books was To Kill A Mocking-bird. Wow, what a book!

At college, I started to like girly books that allowed me to escape from my studies. Melissa Nathan is an author that not many people have heard of but I really enjoyed her books. Sadly she passed away but her books The Nanny and The Waitress are great. I also liked PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (before it became a smash hit and the movie with Gerard Butler came out).

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I became a Christian when I was eighteen and since then my favourite book has been the Bible. I try and read it every day. It is the best book in the world, without question. I like reading Christian biographies and I really like 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper. It gives me goose pimples.

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A lovely tweet from @LanzaPopo

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Today I got a lovely tweet from @LanzaPopo. She shared a photo of her copy of Around the World with One Direction. She’s from Venezuela and is a huge fan of One Direction and Justin Bieber. Her tweet really made me smile.

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I’d love to visit Venezuela one day. My former pastor (vicar) Nestor is from Venezuela. His wife is from Widnes so that’s how he ended up in my home town of Widnes. They moved to London two years ago but they still come to services at my church when they’re visiting family in Widnes.