Lots of people think that my first book was Robert Pattinson A-Z, which was published in May 2010 but I actually self published a book called Be the Best – An Inspirational Book for Young Rugby Players in October 2008. I wrote the book while I was studying my Masters in Professional Writing at University College Falmouth and used all the knowledge I had gained from being a rugby coach. I was helped by lots of amazing rugby players and coaches from around the world. I really loved writing this book and my only regret is that it didn’t get published professionally as I would have loved for it to have had colour photos and a more advanced layout.
To celebrate David being in Banished this time next week (and to thank those people who read my blog yesterday) I thought I’d share a couple of facts that you might not know about him (I’m sure he won’t mind) 1. He took part in the TV show Finders Keepers when he was at school with his friend Laura and won. This was so exciting at the time (I’m two years younger than David and I still remember going to his house a day or two before it was filmed and wondering whether he would win or not). Sadly I don’t have any pics of him with Neil Buchanan – this is just a random pic. I’ll have to ask our Nan… 2. When we were in primary school we would play Batman and Robin together in our Nan’s garden. David was Batman, his younger brother James was Robin and I was a girl that needed to rescuing, alongside my sister Liz.
My cousin David is in a new BBC TV series called Banished which starts on BBC 2 on Thursday 5th March at 9pm. I am so proud of him. He is such a brilliant actor and a lovely guy too. You might recognise him from Ripper Street, Luther or Road to Coronation Street. I really hope that I get the opportunity to write his biography one day.
He has played all sorts of different characters over the years…
I have always loved reading – I used to sit in the corner of the playground reading Enid Blyton books when I was six. I loved escaping into her stories. I was a huge fan of the Secret Seven books in particular. I had four shelves crammed with her books at home, I would collect them from car boot sales and from book shops whenever I went on holiday. I wanted to have a copy of every book she wrote but never managed it… which isn’t surprising considering how many she wrote!
According to the Enid Blyton website she was the author of:
- 186 novels/novelettes
- 258 character books
- 947 short story series books
- 267 education books
- 214 recreation books
- 187 continuation books
- 284 contributions
I can’t believe I’ve been an author for nearly five years and this is the first time I’m blogging… so sorry for the delay! Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tweet me (SarahOliverAtoZ). I’m here to answer any questions you might have about how I became an author, what it was like meeting Robert Pattinson, what my favourite Miley song is…
I apologise in advance if I ramble on in my posts, I tend to do that a lot!
Anyway, hope you enjoy my blog,
lots of love
The first bit of writing I ever did was writing match reports for my rugby team when I was seventeen. Every Monday I would email the Widnes World and the Widnes Weekly News with the latest match report – carefully containing the surnames of every person who had played the day before.
I had started coaching my team when I was sixteen, a few weeks after finishing my final year at school. My Dad had been coaching my brother and his friends for a few years (they were under 9s) and one day while I was watching them train I was asked if I could step in and help train two young boys who had come along but were too young.
I was only doing it for a couple of weeks “until a Dad took over” but ended up coaching them for five years. We won lots of tournaments all around the UK – it was an amazing time in my life. Here’s a picture of us when the boys were under 10s and I was twenty. I was only just bigger than our prop Geoff!