Meeting Harry Potter - Or at Least His Alter Ego, Daniel Radcliffe
By Annette Gisby
I wasn't sure what to write about for this guest post. Writers usually write about something to do with writing or promoting and since I'd already written a few of those, I thought I might try something a bit different. Something fun.
I'd always loved books and that's what started me on my road to writing. We didn't have any children, but we had nephews and nieces who loved the Harry Potter books but we hadn't read any when they were first out. When the first film came out, the cinema near us was showing a special midnight screening. We decided to watch it on the spur of the minute and were very pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed it.
For my birthday that year, my husband John got me all the books that had come out so far, I think it was four or five then. I was hooked and I became something of a Harry Potter fanatic after that. I'd read and re-read the books, watched the films countless times, wrote and read fanfic, bought all the merchandise you could think of: mugs, pens, bookmarks, stickers, diaries, watches, if it had anything to do with Harry Potter on the front of it, I was buying it. John took it all in his stride and started teasing me about my crush on Daniel Radcliffe. Every time he was mentioned I would blush like a schoolgirl and when Daniel Radcliffe appeared in Equus in London, John booked tickets for us to see the show for Valentine's Day.
But it wasn't until a year later when we were on holiday in New York that I finally got to meet him. After Equus, a few people were milling about outside the theatre and there were a couple of men dressed in suits who looked like security and they were setting up some metal barriers in the shape of cages. One looked at me (I guess I must have looked very interested, LOL!) and he said had we been to the show that night? Cue John with copies of our tickets and programmes. The security man asked if we'd like to meet him, that Dan would be coming out to sign autographs in a few minutes or so.
I nodded eagerly and the security man opened one side of the barrier cage. John stayed outside so that someone else who was more interested than him could get a chance for an autograph. Well we were all standing there for about five or ten minutes, if that. While we waited the security guard went through the rules. No pushing, photos could be taken but we couldn't ask for poses (and we'd left our camera behind because we thought they weren't allowed at the theatre, LOL!) Could have kicked ourselves!
Anyway, I was at the back of the cage, but when Dan came out, the security men removed the barriers and shifted them forward a bit and I ended up at the front. There were four people to the side of me who were getting their programmes signed and the nearer Dan got to me, the more my heart was beating and I was getting dizzy. I thought for a minute I was actually going to faint! Anyway, by the time he got to me my mind had gone completely blank and I mumbled something about how much we enjoyed the play. He said thanks very much and signed my programme and then on to the next person.
Dan was very polite and was smiling the whole time as he signed autographs and got pictures taken from all angles. He was also shorter than I had realised. I'm five foot four and he was shorter than me! Very cute though ;)
John still teases me about my crush, but that doesn't stop him from buying me lots of Harry Potter and Daniel related memorabilia.
"Drowning Rapunzel, a dark Gothic romance with paranormal elements by Annette Gisby, captured my attention from the first page...I really enjoyed it and if you like a good, Gothic mystery.....I think you will too!"
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by Annette Gisby
Jupiter Gardens Press
Recently released from a mental institution, Beth Gregory accepts a job as a live-in secretary/PA to the reclusive painter Josh Warrington. From the first moment he sees her, Beth’s long red hair fascinates him, and Josh wants her to be his Rapunzel for a series of fairy tale paintings on which he’s working.
Beth has two major fears: that she will be sent back to the mental hospital and that the visions which landed her there in the first place will return. They do; this time giving her glimpses of murders before they happen. Beth becomes the main suspect in the murder investigation and then she has the most disturbing vision of all: she will become the next victim…
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