well, the day I met Julie Cohen was also the day I met Anna Louise Lucia. I struck lucky that day - I met two of my dearest friends and 'adopted' two 'cyber -daughters' in the same 24 hours. It was Anna who sparked this off by addressing me as 'Mum' in an internet chat before we met. That was when I was working with an internet writing group called the Gonnabeez - who honoured me with the title of their Queen Bee. Which is why Anna is also the only person who has actually curtsied to me when we first me!
Anna recalls that I supported her early struggles with writing - well, that's something I love doing.
Everyone should have two mums.
Okay, so I'm biased. As an adoptive parent I would be! I hope that as he grows up, the two-year-old will feel blessed to have had not one, but two mums who loved him very much.
I've felt the benefit of double-mumming myself. When I was a lost and lonely writer, just starting out, wet behind the ears and beginning to make friends in the online writing community, Kate stepped in and 'adopted' me as my Cyber Mum. She gave and gave. Time, advice, affection and hands-on assistance I can never repay, but will never forget.
Before long we met in person and I made the acquaintance of the legendary Babe Magnet. He was just as easy to love as Kate herself. We all stayed in each other's houses, cried on each other's shoulders, cheered each other on, ate good food and drank too much wine (allegedly). She wouldn't let me fail at writing, and was there to help celebrate when I sold my first book. My Cyber Mum opened her arms and house to me at one of the darkest times in my life, when I was more than a little bit broken. And she was there to cheer the roof down when I mended, and when the two-year-old came home to his new mummy and daddy.
So congratulations Kate and the Babe Magnet. And especially thank you for being Cyber Mum.
Do you have someone who gives you that extra bit of 'mum' (or 'dad!) once in a while?
You can catch up with Anna at The Heroine Addicts blog or on Twitter.
PS From Kate:
Because Anna is busy concentrating on giving her time to being a mum, she doesn't have a personal give away. But I said I'd offer one in her place.
So whoever Anna picks from the comments will win their choice of one of my backlist.