24 December 2014

Festive Q&A Post 16: Jenny Hale

I am now thrilled to welcome the wonderful Jenny Hale to the blog for her turn at my Festiuve Q&A! Her latest festive read A Christmas to Remember is one of my favourite Christmas books this year, and I can most certainly recommend reading it this festive season. Thank you very much to Jenny for taking the time to answer my questions!

You can buy A Christmas to Remember as an eBook or a paperback now.

Q1. Please tell me about your new festive book!
A Christmas to Remember is about Carrie Blake, who loves her job as a nanny, but, while her friends are settling down, all of her spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.

As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high—the house is amazing, the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree!

The only problem could be her boss… single-dad, Adam Fletcher, might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working and missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter.

When Adam’s family arrive for Christmas, including his sensitive sister, Sharon and his fun-loving grandpa, Walter, Carrie thinks she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time to make this the best Christmas ever for the Fletcher family. And she may get a few Christmas surprises herself!

Q2. What do you think it is about festive books that readers love so much year after year?
For me, Christmastime is such a romantic time of year. It’s a time when families have big dinners together, when the cold outside pulls us all a little closer, a time for mistletoe and showing how we feel about each other. It’s the perfect backdrop for books. Festive books remind us about all those lovely things. And, no matter what’s going on in our lives, we want to be reminded of that kind of happiness.

Q3. What prompted you to write a Christmas book?
When I began my first book, Coming Home for Christmas, I had this big family  in mind—the Marleys—and I knew that the very best way to get them all together was to have the book set at Christmas. When it came time for my next winter book, I couldn’t help myself. It had to be another Christmas book.

Q4. Quick fire questions! What's your favourite thing about Christmas? 
One thing?! Okay, Christmas morning with the family.

Q5. Favourite Christmas film? 
Love Actually. Home Alone. (I know. That’s two. I couldn’t help  it.)

Q6. Favourite Christmas song? 
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

Q7. Favourite Christmas tradition? 
Making a gingerbread house.

Q8. What are you hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year?! 
A heartfelt surprise from Hubby. (I’d rather see what he can find for me.)

Q9. What's the best Christmas present you've ever been given and why? 
A six-pack of Hoegaarden. Sounds weird, but I love beer and it wasn’t readily available at the time—I’d only ever had it in the UK. My husband searched for it for me and found it at a specialty beer shop in Richmond, Virginia. He put it in a gift bag under the tree. You should’ve heard the bottles clinking as I lifted it!

Q10. What is up next for you? 
I’m currently writing a summer book set on the shores of North Carolina. I’ve also been toying with another Christmas synopsis to submit to my publisher!

Thanks so much Jenny!

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