This is not my usual blog and I will be adding one later this month when things settle down for me (it's going to be a mad race to June).

Before I go any further, thank you for all your lovely birthday wishes - I had a brilliant day and it was wonderful to get to see everyone and top it off with a great night out with one of my closest friends, going for a meal at my favourite restaurant, Zizzis (thank you to the staff there for the amazing service that day, and their kindness in getting me a table even though I hadn't booked and they were so busy - and then giving us a free drink to celebrate!) After a leisurely meal we went next door to the pictures to see the Muppet Show (much better than I thought and light and frothy which is just what I wanted and needed.

However, I had to post today because a remarkable coincidence has led me to meet an incredibly talented writer, Michael Rowlands and I wanted you all to know about his childrens' books 9/11 and Leap Year.

I met him on Saturday in Waterstones while waiting for my friend.  I spotted him patiently waiting for people to approach his table to sign his books and it brought back memories of my own experience when I'd stood doing just that.  On impulse I went up - I wasn't going to, but i was drawn like a magnet and we started to chat.

Michael is an incredibly talented writer who is destined to go far.  With his background in printing he self published his first book and it sold like hot cakes until eventually a publisher took notice!   People are sitting up and taking notice of him and his patience is finally paying off.

Talking to him, he made me feel at ease and I will be interviewing him next week, which I am very excited about.  He has a fascinating story to tell and is an inspiration to would be writers everywhere.  His third book will be released later this year.

On the face of it, I thought Leap Year, his latest book, was going to be a teenage, coming of age romance - how wrong I was.  I won't spoil anything but I will say he takes the reader along on a rollercoaster ride that sends shivers of both fear and delight down the reader's spine.

Look out for the interview which I will print here as well but, if like me, you can't wait to find out more about him why not visit his website at and have a browse.  Michael is very busy signing books the length and bredth of the country so go along and buy a book for that special person in your life when he is in your area.

More to follow towards the end of the month.  It's a busy time with lots of birthdays and college work so please bear with me if the regular blog does not appear until the end of the month.

Thank you to everyone who visits this site - I will keep you updated with the progress of my own writing.  However, I will also be adding some interviews and publicity shots of some very talented actors/authors and singers over the next few weeks so keep checking back.

If there is anything you would be particularly interested in seeing on this site then feel free to contact me and let me know.

Until next time...

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