But then at one Harlequin Mills & Boon Author Day - the very first author day - I met Michelle in person for the first time. I struck lucky that day - I not only met one of my favourite authors, but I made a very special friend for life. As Michelle herself mentions in her post - we've been friends now for a long time. We've seen each other through a lot of writerly moans - the 'I'm stuck' - or 'This is rubbish' - or 'I just can't make this hero behave' - moans. The things only another writer can really understand. Our phones calls are legendary - I think we keep the phone companies afloat all on our own.
It wouldn't be a celebration of any sort without Michelle being here - so I'm truly happy to have her here to join in this special celebration.
I’ve decided that there must be a gene in my family DNA that makes us pick out our life partner very young. Most of my (numerous) siblings met and married their life partners quite young. I was just 17 when I met mine, we married when I was 20 and we are still here going strong 45 years on with never a cross word spoken between us (what a big lie!) In fact I think the occasional spat helps to refresh our relationship - me being the fiery one and the DH being the stubborn one, we need a good spat now and then to clear the air. And talking about stubborn, my eldest daughter met her husband when she was 14 and no matter how anyone tried to advise them to live a little before they committed to each other, they did not listen, and are about to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. So yes, I’ve decided it’s definitely in the family genes.