ShortBookandScribes #BlogTour #GuestPost by Sarah Norris, Author of The Baby Detective @Baby_Detective #RandomThingsTours

It’s a Random Things Tours sort of day here on my blog. The first of the tours is for The Baby Detective by Sarah Norris, a book that sounds like it might have been handy when my son was a baby! You can find out ten things you didn’t know about the author today. My thanks to Anne Cater for the place on the tour.

The only parenting book that offers a unique, step-by-step guide to enable parents to solve baby care problems for themselves.

The Baby Detective is the only book of the parenting genre to develop a unique, step-by-step investigative process that will enable parents to solve their own baby care problems.

t puts them firmly back in the driving seat, giving them the tools to do away with sometimes conflicting and confusing expert advice, and to face parenting challenges using their own intuition.

Drawing on case studies of Sarah’s previous clients, the book is based around her unique principle of AIM, in which parents are guided through the process of Assessing a problematic situation, Investigating the possible causes and Modifying behavior in order to resolve it.

It provides insight in to how and why environment, biology and personality interact to affect your baby, as well as suggesting numerous tips and strategies for remedying problems.


Ten Things You Don’t know About Me by Sarah Norris

1. I once worked with film star Sienna Miller, looking after her baby on set whilst she filmed in Pittsburg in the US.

On set I met Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, and Steve Carell …not bad name dropping 😉. It was a great adventure and everyone was so lovely. In fact it was this experience that made me realise I wanted to do more with my life. I wanted to feel the same enthusiasm and excitement about my work that everyone involve in the film seemed to have. I spent many wakeful night turning over in my mind what I was good at and what I was passionate about. In the end I reduced it down to the fact that I was passionate about babies and their families, and that I was good at educating and communicating, which was how the idea for a book evolved.

2. My book was the first thing I’ve ever tried to write, and after deciding to do it, I spent a year talking myself out of it because ‘why would anyone want to listen to me ?’ In the end it was someone talking about what regrets we would have on our deathbeds that spurred me in to giving it a go…because you never know, right ?

3. I did all the research, wrote the first 3 chapters, and put together the book proposal whilst working 24/6 with a family in Abu Dhabi. However, once I had the deal from Orion I realised that I needed more undisturbed time to pull together a whole book so I used my advance and took 3 months off work and the book then just flowed out. That was the most exciting time of my life…I felt that I was coming alive after years of sleep.

4. For me, writers block is normally a physical thing caused by one of my 3 long haired cats who cant resist me when I’m sat at my desk ! They sprawl over the desk (always on the notebook or papers that I need), sit in front of the keyboard, and regularly come to demand cuddles in loud voices ! If I ever do get real writers block, I forget about trying to write what should come next, and just dive into the subject at any point that interests me, just to get things flowing again, then try to work backwards or sideways to a point where it all flows together.

5. I make my own gin, and my crabapple gin, from the tree in my own garden is loved by everyone who tries it. My pantry is full of kilner jars of different coloured gin that taste exquisite. Its so easy to do, and taste nothing like the chemically flavoured gins you buy in the shop.

6. My sanity saver is the garden that surrounds my cottage, like a moat. I find it both therapeutic and creative, and it grounds me in times of stress. I have 48 different kinds of roses, all colours, but they are all scented and all repeat flowering. They surround the cottage and clamber over it, making it a sight to behold in summer.

7. I only learned to drive when I was 43, hated every lesson, failed my test 3 times, and though I love motorways and country driving, I don’t like driving in cities.

8. I’ve been single for 8 years now, and I absolutely love it ! I love the fact that things don’t get moved by anyone else, and that I can have everything exactly as I like it. Also, in my job I am almost always sleep deprived so to get back to a quiet cottage where I can sleep undisturbed is just pure bliss ! I don’t feel the need to be in a relationship to be happy…you make your own happiness, and if along the way you meet someone who has done the same things and you get along, then great.

9. With such disturbed sleep patterns I have ended up with severe insomnia but over the last 2 years I have managed to cure it by using Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Audio books. They are interesting enough to stop my mind finding things to worry over, not so interesting that they keep me awake, and are so familiar that they are like old friends. I listen to them all again and again as I settle down to sleep and are now such a strong signal to sleep that I cant listen to them on trains because I fall asleep and miss my stop…I only did that once but I learned my lesson !

10. I lost my beloved mum last year, after a 6 month illness caused by Alzheimers and sepsis. We nursed her at home and I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to repay her for all the love she gave me over the years. She also loved babies, and right up to  few days before her death she was smiling at baby pics sent by those clients who have become friends.

Thank you so much, Sarah. I’m so sorry about your mum. I love the sound of the crabapple gin.

With 25 years experience Sarah is one of the top Maternity Nurses and Baby Care Consultants in the UK, and is the author of the exciting new parenting book ‘The Baby Detective’, with Orion Books.

In her role as The Baby Detective, Sarah employs her unique investigative approach, based on clear thinking, common sense and compassion, to empower and encourage new parents, and to help guide and support them through the confusion that is modern day parenting.

Sarah is passionate about her work and is dedicated to providing advice that is non judgemental and unbiased, is equally supportive of all parenting and feeding methods, and is always respectful of the parents choices.



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