It’s Carol Thomas’ turn to share five things that you would never guess about her.
When I was little, a German shepherd dog pushed me into a swimming pool. It resulted in a temporary fear of water, and a longer-term fear of dogs. While I am so much better with dogs now and would consider myself a dog-lover – having owned three adorable Labradors – I still get a little nervous around German shepherd dogs and when unknown dogs run up to us on walks.
2 – I hated school and then became a primary school teacher.
I wasn’t bullied, my teachers treated me well, and I achieved good grades; I just really didn’t like school and frequently persuaded my mum to let me take time off.
Ironically, after the birth of my first daughter, I was inspired to focus, went to college, developed a love of learning, and worked hard to become a primary school teacher; a job that combined my new-found love of learning with the enjoyment I discovered looking after children.
3 – I have cried on the stage of the Globe Theatre.
In my second year of teaching, I was asked to teach year six and only agreed to do it if I could prepare for the SATs via a scheme of work I had devised based on Romeo and Juliet. You could get away with that then, unlike now.
We took a trip to the Globe Theatre, and while I was bursting with pride and had tears in my eyes in the background of every photograph taken, my class acted on the stage. It is one of my proudest teaching moments, and the whole class did brilliantly in their SATs.
4 – My husband delivered our third baby.
On a frosty morning in December 2007, I went into labour. When it became apparent that things were progressing quickly, defrosting the car was abandoned in favour of grabbing towels, boiling water, and phoning the hospital (minus the boiling water – you don’t really have to do that bit). With the aid of the ambulance service on the telephone, my husband delivered our baby girl.
We were fortunate that everything went so smoothly, and it was an amazing experience. The ambulance arrived sometime later.
5 – I led a campaign to save our local allotments and won!
Ten years ago, the council were making plans to put a road across our local allotments, including my dad’s award-winning plot – seriously, it had won the town council’s best allotment cup four years in a row, what were they thinking? I created an online campaign to save the allotments and backed it up with coverage in the local press. I put petitions in as many local schools and shops as I could persuade to get on board.
The campaign was a success. I presented the petition at a council meeting, the planned road was reassessed, and my dad still has his allotment. He also went on to win the best allotment cup for a further three years!
I’m loving this series of blogs – like learning more about my fellow authors and lovely Carol Thomas is so supportive and part of the wonderful group Apricot Plots. Thank you, Carol!
About the author:
Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.
Carol writes contemporary romance novels, with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads.
Maybe Baby (Lisa Blake book #2)
Just when you thought you had it all worked out …
Best friends Lisa and Felicity think – maybe, just maybe – they finally have everything sorted out in their lives.
Lisa is in a happy relationship with her old flame, and busy mum Felicity has managed to reignite the passion with her husband, Pete, after a romantic getaway.
But when Lisa walks in on a half-naked woman in her boyfriend’s flat and Felicity is left reeling from a shocking discovery, it becomes clear that life is nothing but full of surprises …
Maybe Baby is a sequel to The Purrfect Pet Sitter but can also be read as a stand-alone novella.
Published by Ruby Fiction
Link to buy the book: http://getbook.at/MBAmazon
The Purrfect Pet Sitter (Lisa Blake book #1)
Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter!
When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising as she has a rather unfortunate habit of (temporarily) losing dogs!
But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.
As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.
Published by Ruby Fiction.
Link to buy the book: http://getbook.at/TPPSAmazon
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