The Boy Behind the Book

People say you should write what you know. That’s why writing a book about a mother’s love for her son is something that came very easily to me.

My friends baby boy, Ralphy, and my book.

Don’t get me wrong, I have daughters. I have two of them. My eldest made me a mum! She is incredible. We talk as if we are friends and she tells me stuff I know she doesn’t tell other people. She’s funny, she’s intelligent and she is amazing.

My middle child is too. She has crazy ways and everybody who meets her says to me ‘I love that kid.’ Why wouldn’t they? She lives in her own little world and spends her time dancing and singing not caring who is watching. She brings me so much joy.

But my boy. My youngest. My only son. There is something about the way he looks at me. He makes me feel like I’m so special. To him, I am. He is so amazing. I don’t love him more than I love his sisters, that isn’t possible. I just love him differently.

Me and my baby boy 💖

They always say Daddy’s girls and Mummy’s boys. I think it’s spot on.

And in the Replacement that is exactly the case. Nicola Wilson is besotted by her son, Samuel, whilst her husband Tim dotes on their daughter, Amelia.

Children are little for such a fleeting moment and you get to follow Nicola’s struggle watching her babies grow and need her less and less. I think it’s a theme all parents can relate to.

Over the coming weeks on my blog I will be exploring family relationships. There will be blog posts about my children, and guest post from fellow authors about the family ties in their books. If you have a story you’d like to share please email me at and I will try and feature it on my blog

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