I had all our three children at home, without so much as a whiff of gas and air! No, I’m not a masochist, but my husband is partially sighted and doesn’t drive, so getting to the hospital may have proved to be interesting. As it was I was really lucky to have very supportive midwives who made the whole experience a joy… each time! My friends said I was mad (and that I had a really high pain threshold!) but I wouldn’t have done it differently for the world.
I might be a bit rusty now, but at one time I was a fluent braillist. Before I met my husband I trained with the RNIB to learn braille as a volunteer transcriber. This meant that once I qualified I could transcribe printed books into braille for blind readers. A little while after, I started work with the RNIB, which is where I met my husband…
My blood group is O Rhesus negative, which means that I can donate blood to anyone. We’re known as universal donors. Unfortunately, it also means I have to carry a card with me because if I ever needed a transfusion I cannot be given rhesus positive blood. There’s also some debate about where rhesus negative blood comes from. Some say it’s alien… you have been warned.
My favourite colour is autumn.
My friends say I’m psychic (see number three above!), but it’s true that I have predicted a few things that have since gone on to happen.
I have a thing for men with Scottish accents.
I once had my own business making wedding stationery. It was called Flora’s Secret and all the designs featured natural materials along with organza ribbons, and pearls.
I’m not a lover of fish (as in dead ones to eat). Or anything resembling cockles, mussels, whelks, oysters…
When I was younger I owned a narrow boat which I renovated with my parents. I absolutely loved it and hope one day to have another (Ideal place to write of course). I’m a Cancerian so I love the water - canals, rivers or the sea, I don’t mind, but if it’s the sea, preferably wild in winter.
Before I was a full-time writer, I worked as a Finance Manager looking after the accounts of four schools so I stared at numbers a lot. In fact, that’s probably why I like playing with words; they’re so much more fun than numbers! (Ever see supercalifragilisticexpialidocious on a spreadsheet … no, thought not.)