The Christmas Stocking (2018)

The Christmas Stocking (2018)

I love writing about Christmas . In my second book (The Rose Revived) I had three protagonists and they all had different Christmases and in my third book (Wild Designs) I put in the Christmas we had at my house at the time, without the drama.  So when I was asked to write enough Christmas stories to fill a book, I was enthusiastic.

It gave me an opportunity to revisit a house which has appeared in three books previously. (Wedding Season, Love Letters and Recipe for Love.)  I loved Fenella and Rupert who lived in the house and enjoyed the chance to write  something where they had a more starring role.

I also revisited Crinan in a story.  I had enjoyed writing Summer at Sea which is set in Crinan and so go back there, some of the characters reappearing, was a delight.  And haven’t we all wished for A Christmas Fairy to ring on the door to take the stress out of the day?

I also did something I never thought I’d do with these stories.  My editor said, ‘I’d love you to write a ghost story,.’  Before my denial that this was possible was fully out of my mouth, I’d had an idea. 

The idea behind a book of Christmas stories is that in the run up to Christmas, lots of people are too busy to engage in a novel.  My thought is when the relations are getting a bit much, you can slope off to the bathroom, lock the door, read a story and come out having had a rest and able to gather up used mugs and put the kettle on again with a smile.

Ps  My daughter’s dogs have a starring role in one of these stories. They are my granddogs and are allowed to get away with anything!

Previous Next

Success! Feel free to continue shopping or head to your cart .