Hi Wendy. Thanks for having me here - I can’t believe it’s nearly Valentine’s Day again. Last year I was happily single and this year I have a lovely boyfriend to celebrate it with <3 I’m looking forward to the weekend!
Tell me, what was the first Valentine you ever received?
I think I was about twelve, and it was from a boy who I’d been told had a crush on me, and he signed his name so there was no doubt about it! It had big red love hearts all over the front and there was also a tiny creased up piece of paper in it with 'I love you' written in pencil. I was incredibly flattered and it was very sweet but I only thought of him as a friend, so going into school was a bit awkward!
I don't remember getting any prior to my (now) husband and we haven't done Valentine's Day for YEARS! I did get one once, though. I was working as a GP at the time and I received one with an invitation to call the sender if I was free to do so. It came in the surgery mail, so I was exceedingly suspicious of the other docs playing a trick on me, but I was married and a good girl, so I never rang the number.
What about any unknown Valentines you've received?
I did get one from a boy (again, that I was just friends with) when I was about thirteen or fourteen, who signed it with a question mark – but I was pretty sure it was him. One of his friends asked me out on his behalf later that day, but I said no because (blushing) I fancied his best friend!
In hindsight, maybe I should have said yes, because his friend had no interest in me whatsoever and this boy was incredibly nice. Oh, well...
I made the very same mistake at Uni. I picked the wrong guy. In the end, I sent the other the only Valentine I ever sent (anonymously), when I realised my mistake. It didn't work. :-(
What would be your perfect Valentine's Day?
When I was younger my idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day was the stereotypical ‘receive a massive card with a bunch of red roses and get taken for an expensive candlelit meal.’ Now if my lovely boyfriend wanted to do this, that would be absolutely great and I’d thoroughly enjoy it but actually my idea of a perfect Valentine’s nowadays would just involve spending the day together, hanging out and laughing, maybe going for a walk or doing something fun. The older I get the more easily pleased I am!
Oh, I don't know about that. Maybe now you just realise what love actually is.
And you have a book out about Valentine's, don't you?
Scarred and scared, she's not left the house properly in months. Then her mum buys her a puppy, forcing her to face the world again, walking on London's beautiful Primrose Hill. But that doesn't mean she's looking forward to Valentine's Day.
Leo devotes himself to working with children with special educational needs. In fact, he does very little else, and his friends are always telling him to get a (love) life. So when they challenge him to find a date for Valentine's Day, and he meets a lovely but lost girl who looks like she could use a friend, he thinks he's found the perfect solution.
But life has a way of being less than perfect… Will he be left standing on his own on the most romantic day of the year?
NO! He mustn't. It sounds lovely. I'll have to get it for my Kindle. Thank you for joining me today, Nikki, and best of luck with your wonderful series.
Thanks for having me on, Wendy and have a fantastic Valentine's Day!
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