About Me

I’m completely torn about whether this About Me page should be in first person or third. Professionals say it should be in the third person. It’s more “professional”. Mmm. I did it in third person and I think I just sounded strange. I blog in first person. I write in first person, so now, my ‘About Me’ page, is, going to be, yes, you guessed it, in first person.

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I live in Nottinghamshire with my family and two Cockapoos Alfie and Lola, who keep me company while I write. I need to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if I could, I would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis.

After 16 years service, I was recently medically retired from the police service where I finished as a detective constable on a specialist unit.

My first crime novel, Shallow Waters is set in Nottingham. The lead protagonist is DI Hannah Robbins. Because the novel is written in first-person narrative you get a pretty good feel for who she is.

You can find out more about my books Here.

You will find a page on the blog Here, with photographs taken in and around Nottingham where the series is set. I will blog about Nottingham, its general history, and historical crime history.

On a personal note, I will openly admit to lying about my age, but have no intention of letting you in on the truth. It’s all part of the much-needed practice of storytelling.

I live with the genetic disorder Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and secondary disorder Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Both of which can cause day-to-day issues, but neither of which will stop me writing.

I blog about my writing, policing, occasionally the above disorders and anything else that springs to mind. It’s a loosely connected place inside my head and it’s possible anything could come out. I would genuinely love to see you around and to hear your thoughts.

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46 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Thank you Jenny. I really appreciate this comment. Writing the about page was one of the hardest parts of setting up the blog! I’m still in two minds about whether to change it to self written rather than in third person!

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      1. Yeah, I think about changing mine from 3rd person to 1st but all the ‘pros’ have theirs in 3rd and that’s the way the ‘experts’ say to do it. I just sounds to cold to me. My blog bio is much longer than my professional bio, so I guess with blogs, you have a bit more leeway.

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  1. I agree with you about the cold, but read some professional looking blogs before setting mine up and saw that was the way to do it. As long as it’s not driving anyone away I suppose I can live with it in third person. It just seems odd!

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  2. Rebecca, I like your bio! I wish you best of luck in writing your crime novel.

    I am diagnosed with OCD and ADD, which influenced me to work at a special needs school. I am very OCD as a writer. I know what a challenge it can be to work, write and be a mom. I have a 2-year-old son.

    Thank you for stopping by and following my blog! ~ Rebecca T. Dickinson

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  3. Hi Rebecca! First off, I already bought the book for November’s book club meeting. Please help me figure out what I’m doing in Google! 🙂 And second, I’ve nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. Feel free to pick it up at my blog. http://wp.me/p38Uaw-fO . Thanks! And I will see you at the Crime Book Club meeting…I pray. Lily

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    1. Have we connected on Google+ Lily? That’s the way you get into the book club meetings. Add me on Google+ let me know it’s you and you want to join the book club. I’ll add you to the book club circle. Then on the right date and time, log into Google+ and wait for my Hangout invite to come buzzing through and accept 🙂

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      1. Hi Rebecca. Yes, we are connected. I joined the Club for the Silent Wife and somehow had the time zones off. Although I did purchase November’s read, I’m still a bit concerned, since I’m barely functional with Google+ yet. Hopefully, we can figure it out before the meeting. Lily.

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  4. Hi Lily, I’m a bit hit and miss online lately, but if you make sure you’re logged into Google+ and on your Google+ page at the right time, you will see the invitation come through. None of the members used it really until we tried it out on the first meeting. It’s wonderfully simple. You will lve how easy it is! 🙂

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  5. Thanks for the comment at Margot’s profile of my books at her Introducing … series. We writers, me anyway ☺ just can’t get too many comments or reviews! Good luck on Shallow Waters.

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  6. Absolutely loving your blog! My bio is currently in third but it is SO impersonal, I definitely want to switch to third! Fantastic posts on writing! Very inspirational and motivational! 🙂 Looking forward to reading more!

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  7. I like the “about” page written in first person. And I love mysteries set in other places than the USofA and I love British writers. OK, I’ve declared my like and my love, so I’d like to thank you for liking my recent blog post. 🙂

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  8. Hey Rebecca! Just wanted to give you a heads up that I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It’s already live on my site. I see you have quite a few already. I have some duplicate awards as well. I just wanted to acknowledge some of the people that have inspired me. Yes, I was able to take a quick look-see after reading a little of what you wrote and doing a bit of research. 🙂

    The short link is here. No worries if you don’t have time to post about it or anything. I know most of my nominees can’t. Hugs to you, girl! We’ll chat later! http://wp.me/p38Uaw-xm Eva

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  9. I found you via Corina at Wasted Days And Wasted Nights and I’m happy I clicked. I have heard about the “3rd person about me page” and I have to agree with you. I have always found 3rd person to seem cold and distant, especially when we all know it was written by the author themselves…

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  10. Hi Rebecca I’m a long-time avid reader of crime/police procedurals/psychological thrillers and have recently been introduced to your books and I look forward to reading them….I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs. We have a little in common – I too was a police officer (TVP 75-97) until, like you, I was medically retired. I suffer from
    extremely severe M.E. with P.O.T.S being one of the associated problems……it’s a b**ger isn’t it? I also have two doggies that I adore, they’re both mini Australian Labradoodles. I envy you your writing, I only wish I could do the same as I have plenty of stories within me but, sadly, no longer the mental capacity to get them onto the page. Good luck and I shall follow you with interest x

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    1. Hi Louise, lovely to meet you. I’m so pleased you enjoy the blog and hope you enjoy the books as well. No, POTS isn’t fun but we just have to get on with it the best we can don’t we. Very frustrating I have to admit. Especially after being the active person I once was. I’m sorry you also struggle. Reading is great for keeping those brain cells ticking over though, so keep on enjoying. 🙂

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  11. Hi Rebecca I love about page..as a new writer I struggle with tenses and kept reading this and that and it was mind boggling. Have now decided that I will stop..it’s my voice and I am just going to write and see where it takes me 🙂 Can’t decide if that’s brave or just stupid 😉

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  12. Hi Rebecca, I cannot believe that I have yet to read either of your books. After you visited me earlier it reminded me so here I am and I have just downloaded the first sample. Congratulations on having two books out there and I can’t wait to get started! 🙂

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