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Kay Burley

Kay Burley

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HAS a packet of Fruit Polos been the drive behind Kay Burley’s writing career.

The former Beech Hill resident revealed to OK magazine that when she was 11 years old she won a packet of the sweets for her creative writing.

Forty years later, she has embarked on a successful career as her first novel, First Ladies hits the shelves.

She said: “I really do love writing.

“I have a two-book deal and the second novel, Love Hurts, is out in a year.”

The 50-year-old added that she feels blessed to have her job as a Sky News presenter and reveals her early morning dedication to her writing.

She said: “I’m lucky to be able to squeeze the two into my day.

“I’m disciplined, so if I get up at 6am I can do 2,000 words in a couple of hours before going to work.”

She also remembers some of the major world events she has covered.

She said: “I found announcing Princess Diana had died incredibly difficult. I was very distressed on behalf of her two boys.

“And I was on air when the second plane hit the twin towers on 9/11. I had lots of expletives in my ear because no-one could believe what they were seeing.”

But Kay is not all about work, as she revealed she loved animals, finding them calming.

She has three red setters and chickens and when her son Alexander moves to university, she plans to own pigs, goats and donkeys.