I think the song might actually be a cover, but it goes ‘But now I know, Laura, summer is a lonely place. Oh, Laura, I wish I could see your face.’ You really wouldn’t think there would be much of a story behind having such an ordinary name as ‘Laura’ would you?
2. Some of my earliest works of fiction was a story about talking rabbits and a fantasy tale called ‘The Tewkesbury Tales’.
The whole rabbit thing came about after I read and became obsessed with Watership Down (so it wasn’t exactly original!), and I started writing ‘The Tewkesbury Tales’ after visiting Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. Weirdly, it had nothing to do with Tewkesbury, but was set in a whole other world! I basically just borrowed the name.
3. I have a massive fear of all insects…
…particularly spiders and daddy-long-legs. They are just so creepy – why the hell would anything need so many legs? I vividly remember a daddy long-legs flying in my face when I was a kid, so I think that’s where the fear came from. My brother pretending twigs were its legs and chasing me round with them certainly didn’t help!
4. As a teenager in the mid-noughties I was really into emo fashion (and My Chemical Romance!).
Seriously, during my high school years I was all cropped jeans with stripey socks and ties over vest tops. Even at school I used to wear black nail varnish, DC skate shoes and an armful of little black bracelets that looked like barbed wire. Needless to say, the school did not like it (although to be fair, it was the only way I was ever rebellious!).
5. Although for the most part I’m a shy, mild-mannered person, I get terrible road rage.
For some reason I seem to go all Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde when I drive. Normally I’m nice, but as soon as I get in a car I’m just super angry all the time. It’s mostly people who do stupid stuff like pulling out in front of you that gets me. Am I invisible? Did you seriously not see me there in the BRIGHT BLUE CAR!?
6. My hair isn’t actually pink like it is in my profile picture…it’s now blue!
It’s actually been a couple of months since I dyed my hair blue, but it takes me so long to get a picture of myself that I actually like I really couldn’t be bothered redoing my profile picture. The pink hair will be staying on here for some time, I suspect.
7. I look very young for my age.
I’m now twenty-two, and still get mistaken for a teenager due to my lack of height and unfortunate baby face. I not only get ID-ed for everything, but was asked at KFC a couple of years ago (at the grand old age of 20!) if my meal was ‘a child’s meal’ (ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I haven’t had the kids meal since I was like, 8 years old!), and was asked what my age was when buying a 15 certificate DVD. It is super annoying, but I guess when I’m forty and look thirty I won’t be complaining!
8. I have one crazy pyjama collection!
I have a penchant for wacky pyjamas, and Primark with it’s affordable prices only encourages me. I have multiple sets of Batman pyjamas, Hulk pyjamas, skeleton pyjamas, Ramones pyjamas, Hogwarts pyjamas, minion pyjamas (you know, the ones from Despicable Me!), unicorn pyjamas, pug pyjamas, unicorn-pug pyjamas…seriously, it is one insane collection of pyjamas!
9. I like unicorns.
In case the selection of unicorn themed pyjamas in #8 didn’t tip you off, I like unicorns! I have pyjamas, a phone case, a sweatshirt, t shirts…I like unicorns, OK. Who cares if they’re fictional!
10. I have worn glasses since I was three.
I am very long sighted, and have been ever since I was three. I apparently even used to hold my picture books really close to my face, and it only transpired later on that I actually just had terrible eye sight. Thankfully glasses are a lot more fashionable now than they were in the nineties though: as a kid I wore absolutely huge frames that magnified my eyes, not helped by the fact I would always pick the wackiest, most brightly coloured pair.