Keris Stainton was born in Canada, and brought up on the Wirral. She now lives in the Ribble Valley with her husband and two young sons, who make her laugh every day. Sometimes intentionally.

As a freelance journalist, Keris has written for publications as diverse as Practical Parenting, Scarlet and The Daily Express, and edited the women’s book site, Trashionista, for two years.

In 2005 she gave up her job as an administrator in Corporate Recovery and Personal Insolvency (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds) to write full time.

Della Says: OMG!, Jessie Hearts NYC and Emma Hearts LA are all published by Orchard Books.

Some things about me: 

1. I was born in Canada.

2. When I was little I had an imaginary friend named Mr Corbett.

3. At school I was painfully shy.

4. I was in the Bucks Fizz and Bros fan clubs.

5. When my husband and I first met we wrote our life stories for each other. They were both pretty boring.

6. I’ve worn glasses since I was six. My first pair were pink NHS with a plaster over one lens.

7. The day before Charles and Diana’s wedding the wind slammed our lounge door. With my finger in it. Six stitches.

8. Whenever I go on holiday I always fantasise about moving there. One of these days I will.

9. In Redwood National Park I hugged a tree, but it didn’t hug me back.

10. I keep fairy lights up all year round. I once saw Bert & Ernie (from Sesame Street) fairy lights in a shop and didn’t buy them cos they were too expensive. I’ve regretted it ever since.

11. I love the sound a hoover makes when you suck up something you shouldn’t. Usually, in this house, a chunk of stale bread (or twenty).

12. The first single I bought was This Ole House by Shakin’ Stevens. I bought it in Woolies.

13. The first song I can remember knowing all the words to was I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.

14. I dream about some celebrity or other every single night. Without fail. Seriously.

15. I’ve had sex dreams about Mike Baldwin, Jim from Neighbours and Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. And, thank god, George Clooney.

16. Bob Geldof once called me “dogmatic”. At the time, I was kind of horrified. Now I’m kind of impressed. (I mean, of *all* the people to call you dogmatic!)

17. Des O’Connor once called me “cuddly”. I prefer the Bob Geldof story.

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