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My Real Life hero: Annabel Kantaria

My Real Life hero: Annabel Kantaria


Her tweets and posts educate and entertain me in equal measure. I find myself nodding my head with each post she does on the Expat column in the Telegraph. I am getting to know her. She is a young mum with kids and manages to juggle it all. I remember when I worked and managed a house and kids (though it was many, many, many moons ago) - and I was not an expat then. Meet Annabel Kantaria, writer, blogger, mum. She won a 3-book deal at the Emirates Lit Fest a few years ago. And we know that is a HUGE achievement. I am always in awe of people that write books let alone get published. She is charming and funny.

Here are her responses to the questions I sent all my Real Life Heroes. I learnt a lot more about her.

What inspires you? 

A lot of things. Books, sunshine, the beach, long bike rides, music, silence, sleep – I tend to get my best ideas in the middle of the night.

Who is your hero? Why?

Amelia Earhart (first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic). I love that, in the 1920s, when women were supposed to do nothing more than look pretty and play the piano, she was learning how to fly an aeroplane and starting to break world records. The world really was her oyster. To me, she’s the poster girl for believing in your dream and making it happen.

If you had a choice of becoming one of your (all time - dead or alive; real or fiction) favourite character, who would it be and why?

Obviously Amelia Earhart (despite her sticky ending) but, if you want another name, I always fancied being Darrell Rivers from Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers books. She instigated so many daring adventures. I used to beg my parents to send me to boarding school but no luck there.

When are you happiest?

Outdoors in the sunshine with the birds singing and a book in my hand; floating around a pool with a book in my hand; lying on a sunlounger with my eyes shut; or when I’m getting double mummy-hugs from my children.

What pisses you off most?

Rudeness and a lack of consideration for others.

Your most embarrassing moment

Congratulating a friend on her ‘obvious’ pregnancy when she’d actually just put on weight. She never forgave me.

Your most sublime one

The night that my agent, Luigi Bonomi, called me to tell me I’d just been offered a 3-book publishing deal. I was at a dinner party, slightly worse for wear – but what a great way to hear news I’d strived to achieve all my adult life.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Travel a bit and invest wisely for my children’s future. I’m not the spendy type.

If you want to get to know her, talk to her on Twitter @BellaKay or check out her blog on The Telegraph. Worth adding it to your RSS feed. Promise.

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