Sunday, 25 October 2015

Real-life Meet Cutes - my story!

To celebrate the release later this week of The Boy in the Bookshop, the first story in the Meet Cute series, I'm sharing the moment I met my husband...

Way back in October 1997 (which I've just realised is literally half my life ago -gulp) I was at college studying for my A levels.  The college was around twenty miles from my home, so I'd leave early in the morning and not go back until teatime. I had a good group of friends but their free periods didn't match up with mine and as a result I spent a lot of time in the library, both studying and 'surfing the net'. 

The internet was still a real novelty back then and I'd go online to find out football news, particularly about Sheffield United.  It was on a now defunct forum on the official club site that I started talking to 'Deadbat' - the username for the man who is now my husband, David.  We started off talking in the open threads then progressed to sending emails and snail mail post to each other, although at this point we were nothing more than friends.

It was a mild day in February 1998 when we first met in person.  He showed me around Leicester, where he was at university, when I had an interview at De Montfort and was so thoughtful - paying for taxis and buying me a pint of cider in the student union. 

The first picture of us together!

By September of that year I'd started a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at Sheffield Hallam University (De Montfort hadn't wanted me) and as Sheffield was David's hometown we met before he went back to Leicester and on the weekends when he came back to watch the football and see his family.

We officially became a couple in November 1998, getting engaged on New Years Day 1999, married just before Christmas 2005 and welcoming our gorgeous son Zachary into the world two years later.

Summer 2015

Our Meet Cute is my favourite!

'Real- life Meet Cutes' will continue over the coming weeks with guest posts from authors and book bloggers!


  1. Such a wonderful story, very romantic!

  2. I find it hard to believe we've been together so long. It makes me feel old!


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