I always remember my darling Mom telling me not to stay awake too late reading, but I ignored her advice and would sit up till all hours with my nose in a book dying to get to the end! She didn't mind really, she was exactly the same when she was young - obviously where I got it from.
I've read millions of fabulous books over the years. One of the most memorable ones which still sticks in my mind now, is Lets Meet on Platform 8 by Carole Matthews. This book that had me feeling the raw emotions of the main character which has stayed with me even though I read it a million years ago! She is still one of my most favourite ever authors and I met Carole for the first time a couple of years ago at the Festival of Romance and recently spent an afternoon with her and some of her lovely readers in Birmingham. Carole's latest book A Place to Call Home is her best yet, her writing just gets better and better!
When I was young, I always imagined myself grown up and having my own book publishing company where I was sent millions of books and I got to read them all, that was going to be my job! Fantastic. I'm now a little older (ok, maybe a lot older!) and as I never got my dream of my own book publishing company I decided that I was going to do something that I loved doing and that was to read and to comment upon the books that I read.
During reading a book called Spring Affair by the wonderful Milly Johnson, I wrote to Milly and had to tell her how fabulous, motivating and inspirational I found her book. It was all about clutter clearing and made me immediately go and clear out my cupboards then look at different aspects of my life and I suppose that moment was the instigating moment that made me decide to do this blog. Milly wrote back to me within an hour to thank me for my comments and I kept in touch with her a few times and suggested my idea to her and she told me to go for it. She's been incredibly encouraging over the years and is one of the best authors I have ever read. Whenever one of Milly's books lands on my doorstep, everything comes to a stop while I read it! Her latest The Teashop on the Corner is the best ever!
It is really down to the lovely Milly that after four years of blogging about books, I recently decided to take a leap of faith and stop working full time in a marketing agency and turn my love of books and helping authors and publishers into a full time job working for myself. You can find my services by clicking here.
For that Milly Johnson, I am eternally grateful. You are a fabulous author and a wonderful lady and thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement.