Number 1 - I come from a huge family!
Yep, I have an excessive amount of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and a family story that makes Eastenders pale in comparison. Last time I checked I was one of 15 brothers and sisters...some half, some step...some reprobates.
Number 2 - I have been engaged for 12 years
I met my fiancee way back almost 13 years ago and although he proposed in a rather grand fashion less than a year later we never got around to actually tying the knot. An unplanned baby announcement a month later followed by a pretty hectic life kept us from ever actually doing it, maybe one day though.
Number 3 - I am a very unmaternal mother.
My kids will be the first to tell you that when they were handing out mummy awards I was not even in the running. I learned early on that this mom thing was unbelievably hard and despite my efforts, I am one of those disorganized, grouchy mothers on the planet who longs for her kids to get their own houses one day. I love my kids but I find motherhood at odds with everything I am.
Number 4 - I have the oddest fears.
Firstly I have a morbid fear of clowns and butterflies and will run away screaming from either even in public. I am terrified of heights, I also believe there to be monsters lurking under my bed and will jump from a distance in the dark to get on said bed should they catch me. I also fear wet blood, I can only patch up wounds when the blood begins to congeal. I am extremely claustrophobic too, I cannot be restrained or locked in any small space without windows.
Number 5 - I eat cold food.
Now this may not seem to be an odd one at first glance but it goes like this.... from a very early age I refused to eat hot dinners unless my mom left them to sit and get cold first, I would eat an hour after my family, just so the food was cold. I still to this day eat leftovers stone cold...I'm talking all foods like Curry, Mince and tatties, Lasagna...even chips and pizza. It's taken a lot of self-conditioning to eat normally when other people do, hot food that is, just to be sociable .
Number 6 - I am a girly tomboy!
Yes confusing I know... what do I mean? Well, I dress in jeans and trainers most of the time although I trained in beauty and nails.... I played football growing up, climbed trees and worked on cars with my brothers, I'm very much into doing things boys can do yet I have the ability to look like a proper girl and even sometimes behave like one. I spent most of my life having male friends as I could relate to them easier and only a few girly friends despite being a total giggler and having really feminine mannerisms. Go figures.
Number 7 - I am ambitious
This has to be my biggest asset and yet my biggest flaw too, I am very impulsive and when I make a decision that I want something I will just go for it. I do not care about the right process or qualifications, I have an insane ability to blag things I want. In the past this led to being a singer in two bands, getting offered a job in tv, running my own business and running an animal charity. Its now why I have ended up as a writer! I have this undying need to find a fulfilling role beyond being a mother and wifey and I think I will not rest until I succeed in some way.
Number 8 - I am the family Rottweiler and Clown
Yup both titles I inherited from my beloved parents... Rottweiler because I am very feisty, fiery and loyal and if anyone messes with the people I love then I am usually the one to jump up to defend them in any way I can. I was a very aggressive teen which got me into a lot of trouble and gained me the eternal tag of 'family rottweiler'. I am also one of the funnies in my family, always managing to get everyone laughing when we are together, I have no shame. I will dance in public, pull faces at people on buses or adopt fake accents to confuse shop staff when I'm out. I have endless sarcasm and drop jokes like they are going out of fashion.
Number 9 - I have terrible English skills
As a writer then this is probably the most surprising confession, my grammar, punctuation and spelling leaves a lot to be desired. The truth is I did well at school with writing, winning both poetry and young writers competitions but failed massively in technicality, this is something with the help of a dear friend that I am slowly learning to rectify.
Number 10 - I am not a touchy feely person
This one is something most people are surprised by because I seem to be the most happy and sociable person you can meet, I hate people touching me. Even my own family, of course my partner and kids are the exception to the rule most of the time. I have a serious personal space issue, I don't do hugs and touching.Confined areas such as trains and buses make me very uncomfortable, crowds, concerts etc and when I have to attend social events I literally have to prepare myself before hand. Although I am capable of not freaking out and I can endure when I am given over enthusiastic bodily contact I just happen to prefer when people do not attempt any sort of touching. The contradictory part is that my fiancee of twelve years actually find me to be a very touchy-feely and affectionate person with him, he can hold my hand and cuddle me anytime. I guess that's love, though...right?
So those were a few alarming facts about me...the romance writer who is actually not very romantic at all...... Did I mention I actually cringe at over romantic gestures and soppy love sonnets. No? Well, I do! So, I find it often hilarious that I then write romance novels effortlessly.