It's February, the month of lurrve. Not only does St Valentine's Day fall in the middle but after torturing ourselves with all those earnest, heartfelt and well-meaning resolutions in January, February should be the time to love ourselves better again.
Like a psychopathic killer in a scary movie, it creeps up on you, determined to do you harm. It stalks you, its hideous chill tainting the very air you breathe . . .
The Cupid Effect was my first novel to be published and it recently received a revamp with a new cover, which is why I wrote a new introduction to it, explaining why it is so special to me.
I, Dorothy Koomson, am not part of the ‘in’ crowd. You see, I am far too excitable and far too eager to share said excitement to be a hallowed member of club cool.
Take that woman in the jeep who almost put a dent in me – I suspect she wouldn’t dream of committing a crime by shoplifting in said supermarket but she quite plainly thinks nothing of being a lawbreaker when it comes to driving’n’dialling.
For me, the dream was always getting published, and then things got better and better – not only did I get published, but my third book, My Best Friend’s Girl, sold lots of copies in just a few weeks.
I would like everyone to read because it’s one of the best things in the world to do. When you open a book, you enter a new world and you start a new relationship.
At the end of 2013, to celebrate 20 years of working to improve literacy skills, The National Literacy Trust launched a national search for Literacy Heroes – people who have overcome problems with reading and writing, or helped inspire other people to improve their literacy skills.