In the run up to Christmas, I have wonderful author interviews to help get you into the festive spirit
Here's the fabulous, Kathryn Freeman
Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog Jo, I’m looking forward to answering your fabulously festive questions!
🎄What’s your earliest Christmas Memory?
Waking up to the feel of something heavy around my feet. Then sitting up bolt upright and finding the stocking I’d put on the end of my bed was overflowing with presents.
🎄Do you have any special Christmas Traditions?
As children my brother and I were forced to sit around the table and sign our names on each Christmas card my mum and dad sent. Needless to say, it often descended into chaos. I vividly recall introducing the guinea pig to the table at one point. Naturally I made my husband and sons continue the tradition … the name signing I mean, not the guinea pig.
🎄What’s your favourite festive carol or song?
Santa got stuck up the chimney. I have a very fond memory of my son at nursery, aged three, yelling his way through it. His was the only voice all the parents heard.
🎄Do you have a favourite festive film?
Ben Hur, The Great Escape, Gone with the Wind … I know, I know, not very festive, but when I was a kid they were the films always scheduled over Christmas, so they were the films I remember watching. Given the choice, I’d go with Lovely Actually, but males outnumbered females 3 to 1 in my house so the choice is rarely mine.
🎄What’s your favourite festive read?
I love, love, love Nora Roberts and really enjoyed the two stories in Christmas in the Snow.
🎄Are you organised or do you leave everything until the last minute?
I aim to be organised, but I’m not good at it. For example, I buy presents in the sales when I see them over the year and put them in the trunk. Clever eh? But two weeks before Christmas I usually panic and buy presents I didn’t need because I forget what’s in the damn trunk.
🎄Christmas tree – real or artificial?
Real – it’s the smell.
🎄Tinsel or Glitter?
Neither – but there’s no such thing as too many fairy lights.
🎄Christmas cracker or party popper?
Cracker. Party poppers last two seconds. Between the jokes and the daft plastic toys, crackers give a whole meal time of entertainment.
🎄Mince Pie or Yule Log?
🎄Christmas Dinner – Traditional Turkey, Nut Roast Veggie or something a bit different?
Always turkey, though it’s the stuffing I like best so I’d be happy with a plate of just that.
🎄Christmas Tipple – Bucks Fizz/Mulled Wine or something stronger?
All of the above, but not at the same time.
🎄A fun game of after dinner charades or more chocolates and the television?
We’ve tried games in the past, including a quiz on my books (not many marks were scored) and stick the bauble on Jenson Button (best not to ask … no, no, not the real Jenson, a cardboard cutout that usually sits by my desk). Sadly nineteen and twenty-one year old boys tend not to do what you want them to anymore, so it’ll be television for us this year.
Would you swap sea and sunshine for tinsel and turkey? Gabby Sanderson is used to being let down – even at Christmas. Which is why she’s happy to skip the festive season completely in favour of a plane ticket and sunnier climes. But this Christmas could be different, because this time she might not be spending it alone. Can Owen Cooper charm Gabby into loving Christmas in the same way he’s charmed his way into her life, or is he just another person who’ll end up disappointing her?
🎄Happy Christmas 😊