So I met this bloke in the blogosphere. That would be Mike, over at Postcards From Across the Pond. We have quite a bit in common - he's an American in England, finding quite a lot to write about, and I'm the reverse. And he's really funny.
And I really, really, shouldn't be talking about this since he's the competition, but you gotta give a good writer some recognition. And here's the very best part - MIKE HAS LANDED A PUBLISHING CONTRACT- and his book's coming out very soon.
If you haven't come across Mike, take a peek at his blog and then tell everyone in England to buy the book (and mine while they're at it.) As an American, Mike has some wry and interesting views on all things English. He tells some hilarious stories about his first game of rounders, his first shopping trip without his wife, and his attempts to find a post office. It's obvious from his writing, that he loves England, and any digs at the culture are far outdone by the digs at himself. His book will appeal to Brits as well as expat or visiting Americans. You find yourself saying "No, we don't do that. Well, not all the time..."
I am flattered to have been asked to write the forward for his book, and though my agent would kill me for promoting a competitior, it has to be done. (Should I be asking for a 10% fee?)
To acknowledge his literary skills and success I am passing on this award, which was recently given to me by several bloggy friends: