Happy Monday everyone! It’s a great day to stop by Princess with a Pen, because boy oh boy, do I have a treat for you! My friend Nicky Wells was booked to be here today. She is the author of the fabulous novel, Sophie’s Turn, released by Sapphire Star Publishing. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced review copy, and it did not disappoint. My lovely Nicky is caught up in the busy world of book touring, and asked her hunky rock star character, Dan Hunter, to take her place today. Welcome Dan to the blog!
Hello! My name is Dan Hunter. I am the lead singer of rock band, Tuscq, and newly minted romantic heroine in Nicky Wells’ rock star romance, Sophie’s Turn. Sophie and Nicky feel that I haven’t been pulling my weight on this promotional blog tour for Sophie’s Turn and they’ve asked me to write a guest post for the lovely Jen Tucker.
Am I the only one who just heard Dan, from Tuscq, call me lovely?!
Now, hold on. I’m a rock star, not a writer. Although I do write my own lyrics, I suppose… Hmm, anyway. This is tricky. Nicky said, write what you know. So I thought I’d tell you a few things about myself. A few things you don’t know. A few things nobody knows, as yet.
So here goes: Ten things you didn’t know about Dan Hunter!
1. I sometimes paint my toenails. I know, weird, right? But I think ladies toenails look so pretty when they’re painted, it always inspires me. So when I’m stuck on a song or a lyric and there’s no lady there to help out with her foot on display... well, what’s a rock star to do? I have a lovely selection of purple and blue nail varnishes in my studio. After all, I wear shoes and socks when I’m out and about so nobody will see my artwork. And if it tickles my muse…
2. I’m allergic to dandelions. Get me near one, and I shall dissolve in sneezes and hay fever tears. I once had to cancel a show because of this! It was an open-air gig in the countryside, we weren’t terribly famous then and it was basically a field in someone’s farmyard. Within minutes of arriving, I was wheezing and coughing, no chance of singing. And no, it wasn’t Glastonbury—I’d learnt my lesson by then. I always carry hay fever meds with me now, even in the winter.
3. Marshmallows creep me out. Seriously. How can you eat this stuff? It’s all squidgy and gooey and slimy and … ugh. No, not for me.
4. I don’t work out. I hate the gym. What, you think I look lovely and fit? Why, thank you. I do like walking, not that I get much chance. I have to confess that I do have a personal trainer, but not in the traditional sense. He teaches me Pilates to keep those muscles supple, and he also makes me do star-jumps and other basic exercises to keep me fit for the stage. But I don’t work out, as such. And contrary to popular myth, I don’t have a home gym.
5. I can never, ever remember if I shut the fridge door. I’ve learnt not to care when I get that weird ‘oh my God, did I leave the fridge open’ sinking feeling. I’ve only ever left it open once and ok, it was messy and wasteful, but hey, not the end of the world. So I make myself ignore my worries. It’s a useful skill, actually, works for all sorts of things.
6. I’m afraid of daddy longlegs. I shouldn’t really admit this in public, I know, but they just terrify me. Spiders, I can deal with. Bugs and insects of any kind, bring them on. Gnats and midgets, I squash them ruthlessly. Wasps and bees I can take care of. But daddy longlegs, with their long spindly legs and brittle wings and erratic flying patterns…I have to leave the room. Quietly, of course.
7. I love women who eat. Oh, shall I say that one again? I love women who like their food. There, that’s even better. Believe me, I have spent a lot of time spending time with lots of you ladies, and there’s nothing more annoying than sharing a meal with a girl who picks at her food or, worse, orders a salad and then picks at it. Now Sophie, she likes her food. It’s a joy watching her tuck into her lobster ravioli or double pepperoni pizza. And she looks great! And she’s happy. There, that’s what it’s all about. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach—but only if you share in the meal!
8. I think I would quite enjoy opera. I don’t really know, it’s not really my thing. But Sophie likes classical music and she’s slowly bringing me round. One day, she wants to take me to the opera. Mozart’s Magic Flute is what she has planned for my opera debut. She swears I’ll love it. I trust her.
9. I love my stereo. As in, I love my old-fashioned record player with the big amplifier and the huge speakers. I know, I know, that makes me a hypocrite seeing as that I use all the latest digital technology in my home studio. But there’s something about an old vinyl record and the old, analogue amplifiers that is just… warmer. More real, somehow. So when I want to indulge in listening to music, that’s what I use.
10. I hate having my photo taken. That’s a bit of a handicap when you’re a rock star, right? But I just don’t like it. I’m never happy with the result, and I always feel silly posing for the camera. It feels so artificial, not real, not me. I do it, of course. One has to. But I hate it.
There you go. Ten things you didn’t know about me. Which one surprised you most? It was lovely being here today and actually, this guest post business isn’t so difficult after all. I hope you enjoy Sophie and my story when you get round to reading it, and thank you again to the lovely Jen for having me here today. Rock on!
Rock on Dan! Thanks so much for stopping by Princess with a Pen! Dan, I have to tell you that I adore you to bits. Even more so after learning you paint your toe nails! Seal does that as well! That puts you right at the top of my rock star list.
Have a wonderful day!