In the run up to Christmas, I have wonderful author interviews to help get you into the festive spirit
Here's the fabulous, Catherine Tinley
A warm festive welcome, Catherine and thank you so much for being our guest today
🎅What’s your earliest Christmas Memory?
Getting a doll called Wanda. She was supposed to walk when you touched her with a wand but never really worked.
🎅Do you have any special Christmas Traditions?
Yes, lots! Our Christmas starts on Christmas Eve in the afternoon, when the whole family goes for a walk at a local beauty spot, the Fairy Glen. There are almost thirty of us now – my parents, brothers, sisters, their husbands and wives, and all the grandchildren. We meet again that evening at Christmas Eve Mass, then on Christmas morning we all go to my parents’ house for gift swapping and bacon sandwiches. We all cook dinner in our own houses though.
🎅What’s your favourite festive carol or song?
O Holy Night. It gives me goosebumps.
Do you have a favourite festive film?
I do like the Santa Clause trilogy. And It’s a Wonderful Life. And Scrooged. And – I seem to like lots of them!
🎅What’s your favourite festive read?
I like finding new romances set at Christmas, so I’ll be indulging in a few of those over the holidays.
🎅Are you organised or do you leave everything until the last minute?
A bit of both. I’m generally fairly well organised, but there are always those last minute extras, aren’t there?
🎅Christmas tree – real or artificial?
Both! We have an artificial tree that we put up in our front room every year, but we always get a real tree for the sitting room. I love the real tree.
🎅Tinsel or Glitter?
Tinsel, definitely. I drape it over picture frames as well as on the trees.
🎅Christmas cracker or party popper?
Crackers. Every year we have them on the table on both Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.
🎅Mince Pie or Yule Log?
Yule Log – definitely! I’m not a fan of dried fruit, so no pudding, Christmas Cake, or mince pies for me. I love chocolate, so we always get a Yule Log. But my favourite traditional Christmas dessert is trifle and custard.
🎅Christmas Dinner – Traditional Turkey, Nut Roast Veggie or something a bit different?
Turkey and ham is the tradition in Ireland. We have it with sage & onion stuffing, cocktail sausages, at least three types of potato (creamed, roast, garlic), and lots of vegetables.
🎅Christmas Tipple – Bucks Fizz/Mulled Wine or something stronger?
Whatever’s going, really!
🎅A fun game of after dinner charades or more chocolates and the television?
Both. We do play games as a family, and eat lots of chocolate. We also have a food-coma nap at various points. In terms of TV, we watch the Dr Who and Call the Midwife Christmas specials, but not much else.
About the Author
Catherine Tinley writes heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cat, and dog.
Catherine's novel The Makings of a Lady is out now and The Earl's Runaway Governess is due out in March 2019.
🎄Happy Christmas 😊