Today A day with author……… is back with the very awesome Christie Barlow. Anyone who follows my blog will know I always turn to this author’s books when I need to escape the crime/psychological thrillers I read hence “escape from the dark side” 😂
It seems your all as nosy as me, as I’ve had such a great response to this feature already, so without further ado who wants to know what Christie Barlow gets up to? Read on to find out….
My day starts just like everyone else’s; an inspirational, one sided chat with Mr Barlow (that’s Gary Barlow by the way), and a quick yoga session with Woody the dog, before I get locked in my writing cave for the immediate future.
Oh, yours doesn’t start like that? Oh.
Don’t panic though, mine doesn’t either. A girl can dream though, right? Mornings in the Barlow household aren’t as glamorous as that I can assure you! First of all it’s usually feeding time at the zoo, horses, chickens, dog, cat and then finally my four children. Then I spend the next twenty minutes bribing the children to get their bums in gear and off to school; on time. The school run is (if the children haven’t taken the bribe and at the last minute suddenly remember that they need a P.E kit or some ingredients to make a three tiered GBBO inspired cake), exactly that; a run. A run I usually embark on with my sexy flannelette pyjamas hidden under my coat. A girl has gotta be comfy! Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it…
Once all the children are safely delivered with no chance of following me home; Woody, my mad cocker spaniel and I re-enact a scene from The Sound Of Music (the hills are alive…) in our nearby field, closely followed by Woody lowering the tone and rolling in fox poo. Cue next job of hosing down the dog! Oh the glamour!
On return, I finally succumb to a seat with a cuppa in my hand, with Mr Gary Barlow (a life size cardboard cut-out) waiting in the wings for our daily chat and putting the world to rights. If I don’t agree with his opinion (hah, as if) usually telling him to ‘Take That’ does the trick! He’s a good egg that one. As soon as my woolly socked feet steps over the threshold of the writing cave, it stays in there until I’m let out for good behaviour by writing my daily target amount. I would love to say that my daily targets are met promptly and efficiently, but, thanks to social media and great banter with fellow authors I usually get distracted and end up being locked in the cave a heck of a lot longer than anticipated.
My day comes to an end once the zoo have had their final feeding time and all my motherly duties are ticked off. Only until then do I collapse into my bed with a good book in my hand, and I’m ready to do it all again the next day!
Being a mother and a writer, I really do have the best jobs in the world!
My latest book The Cosy Canal Boat Dream is OUT NOW published by Harper Impulse imprint of Harper Collins.
About Christie Barlow
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances and The Cosy Canal Boat Dream. She lives in Staffordshire with her husband, four kids, horses, chickens and a mad cocker spaniel. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with poverish people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.
She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her website www.christiebarlow.com Twitter @ChristieJBarlow and Facebook page Christie Barlow author
My thanks to Christie Barlow for taking time out of her busy schedule to write this post.
If you want to learn more about Christie Barlow’s books you can find them here….