In the run up to Christmas, I have wonderful author interviews to help get you into the festive spirit
Here's the fabulous, Amanda Prowse
A very festive welcome to you, Amanda and thank you for spending this special time with Jaffareadstoo
🎄What’s your earliest Christmas Memory?
It is when I realised Santa was real because I wanted a particular make, type and colour of doll’s pram from the toy shop. I don’t remember telling anyone about it, so when, on Christmas morning I pulled off the wrapping paper and this magnificent toy pram was there, it confirmed to me that he was real. Not only did I have the pram, but it confirmed beyond any doubt that he was REAL! It was an amazing moment!
🎄Do you have any special Christmas Traditions?
Apart from the usual, like leaving out a mince pie, glass of milk and carrot for Rudolf, every Christmas Eve, I sit alone in front of the Christmas Tree before I go to sleep and I say ‘Thank you’ for every single day that I’ve had since the last Christmas Eve and I put thanks out into the universe for all the wonderful things I have in my life and the reason I do it is because I’ve done it for the last twenty years when my son was a tiny baby and I was closing up the house and switching it off in preparation for Christmas Day and I had this overwhelming feeling of missing all the people that were no longer with me and the Christmas tree felt like a magical presence in the corner of the room. It always does.
🎄What’s your favourite festive carol or song?
Easy, ‘Hark the Herald Angels’ – it’s a proper belter and I sing it better after fourteen egg-nogs or a few sherries!
🎄Do you have a favourite festive film?
Yes, Elf! It doesn’t matter how many times I see it and even though I know the funny bits are coming, I still howl with laughter. ‘Santa!! I know him!!’.
🎄What’s your favourite festive read?
Any good Christmas yarn, I’m a sucker for anything with the word Christmas in the title. My absolute favourite is the Dickens classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’, I had it read to me as a child and as a grown up, take great pleasure in reading it myself. Much of the imagery in this book sits behind my eyelids when I have to think of Christmas.
🎄Are you organised or do you leave everything until the last minute?
A little bit of both – gifts, presents and house decorations, I start planning in May (I’m not even joking). But the food, where people are sleeping and do we have enough chairs around the table are the sorts of things I start pondering about around an hour before everyone arrives!
🎄Christmas tree – real or artificial?
Real but for the past six years, it has been in a pot, grown from a twig that my nephew planted which rooted! We’ve moved to our forever house this year so we’re going to plant it in the garden and admire it there all year round.
🎄Tinsel or Glitter? Glitter
🎄Christmas cracker or party popper? Both!
🎄Mince Pie or Yule Log? Neither!
🎄Christmas Dinner – Traditional Turkey, Nut Roast Veggie or something a bit different?
Ha ha, I’m a veggie so I have everything that a meat eater has apart from the turkey, so a huge plate of spuds and roasted veg!
🎄Christmas Tipple – Bucks Fizz/Mulled Wine or something stronger?
I’m a real lightweight and hardly drink but I might have some Bucks Fizz or a glass of wine. I may even go crazy and have a small port!
🎄A fun game of after dinner charades or more chocolates and the television?
I love family games and charades. We host the wider family so there is a great range of ages around and always something happening that will make us all laugh.
Happy Christmas everyone! Much love, Amanda xx
About the Author
Amanda Prowse is one of the UK's most prolific and loved story tellers with global sales of 6 million copies and legions of loyal fans. Based near Bristol, Amanda is the author of 25 novels and novellas, with books sold in 22 countries and translated into 12 languages - no mean feat when you consider her first novel was only published in 2012.
11 December 2018 (ebook)
Out in paperback 20 December 2018
Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.
Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she’s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one-sided friendships. Is she really the pushover everyone else sees?
When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make: keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is.
🎄Happy Christmas 😊