Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas by Jennifer C. Wilson. I am super excited to be sharing this charming festive book with you all, plus I have a wonderful exclusive author interview with Jennifer.
Firstly, thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite.
About the Book
Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas by Jennifer C. Wilson.
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Christmas Romance.
Callum and Lexie are perfect for each other – at least, that’s what everyone tells them. But they’re just good friends, aren’t they? And neither wants to ruin the solid friendship that’s treated them so well since university.
But when an old school friend of Callum’s asks Lexie for a date, and passions overflow on a work night out, could it be the trigger to show each of them what they have been missing out on all this time?
With twelve weeks until Christmas, that’s a lot of opportunity for romance – and for misunderstandings…
Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/12Dates
Exclusive Author Interview
Hi, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Thank you so much for having me!
Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
(Over)-organised; Curious; Ambitious; Nostalgic; Notebook-obsessed. That’s a really tough one!
Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?
Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas is something different for me – a contemporary romance. I’ve not written a story fully set in the here-and-now before, but I really like Callum and Lexie, and hope readers will too.
Cal and Lex have just hit their thirties, and have been friends since university, but can things change after so long of being ‘just good friends’? An old school friend of Callum’s enters the mix, and challenges them both to see what might just be right under their noses, if they can realise it in time.
It’s a Christmas novella, and I really enjoyed writing it.
When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
I love listening to music; you’ll very rarely find my house in silence, and I love musical theatre. I cannot wait to get back to the theatre and see some of the brilliant shows which have been on hold due to you-know-what. I am especially looking forward to seeing Six in January. Other than that, I love reading, or getting out and about to visit historical sites and buildings.
If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
It may not be the most exotic choice in the world, but ideally, it would be a lovely little cottage, on the banks of a Scottish sea-loch, with gorgeous hills all around it. So many of my stories have been inspired by trips north of the border, and it’s absolutely my happy place.
If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas is the first book I’ve thought about character inspiration at the time of writing, so that’s a real challenge! I definitely see my version of Richard III as being played by Aneurin Barnard, who did such an excellent job in The White Queen, but I genuinely do see my historical characters as their portraits, rather than ‘people’ if that makes sense?
Because I wrote The Raided Heart when I was around thirteen, I did ‘cast’ that story as I was writing it. The antagonist, Gray, is Alan Rickman (has there ever been a better historical baddie??), but I think anyone who has read the book can guess that, and Robert Mathers was inspired by Robert Carlyle. Sensible enough, given that they’re both actors, so that’s alright, until we get to the point where Judd Mathers was originally inspired by Ally McCoist! I might need to do some rethinking…
When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?
I used to go with the flow, and write a load of random scenes with my various characters, not looking to connect them all together until I had ~20,000 words to play with. Now, however, the day-job has become so much busier, that when I sit down to write, I need to know what I’m doing next. These days, I bullet-point out the whole plot, make sure it hangs together, in a lengthened synopsis, and then only start writing at that point. I still jump around the actual plot, depending on what mood I’m in that day, or what I feel inspired to work on, but at least I know how it all fits!
What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
- Keep writing. It sounds so obvious, but it’s so easy to fall into a trap of reading too much about writing, or simply giving up if things go against you. There are evenings when I’d far rather sit and watch TV instead of writing, but once I get at my keyboard, I feel so much better.
- Find a writing community. Writing can be so lonely, so whether that community is online or ‘IRL’, it’s really important to surround yourself with people who get what you’re doing, can help you celebrate the wins, and commiserate when things don’t go as you had hoped.
- Write what you enjoy writing. It will always show if you’re writing something because you feel you should, or you think it will be successful. If you enjoy what you’re writing, the plots, characters and settings will flow better, and the overall quality will be so much better.
If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?
If they can only be the living… Sir David Attenborough, the Queen, Matthew Perry. I mean, I know the Queen and Sir David know each other, and not sure how they’d get along with Matthew Perry, but I suspect the conversation would be fascinating.
If I was able to somehow invite the dead (excluding beloved grandparents, obviously)… Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Des O’Connor. How good would that dinner party be???
That would be the greatest dinner party, and easily the funniest 🙂 ~ Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?
I have such a soft spot for Haribo… It’s so bad, I know, but I can never resist. Especially not their Tangfastics!
Thank you, Frankie x
About the Author
Jennifer C. Wilson stalks dead people (usually monarchs, mostly Mary Queen of Scots and Richard III). Inspired by childhood visits to as many castles and historical sites her parents could find, and losing herself in their stories (not to mention quite often the castles themselves!), at least now her daydreams make it onto the page.
After returning to the north-east of England for work, she joined a creative writing class, and has been filling notebooks ever since. Jennifer won North Tyneside Libraries’ Story Tyne short story competition in 2014, and in 2015, her debut novel, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Books. The full series was re-released by Darkstroke in January 2020.
Jennifer is a founder and host of the award-winning North Tyneside Writers’ Circle, and has been running writing workshops in North Tyneside since 2015. She also publishes historical fiction novels with Ocelot Press. She lives in Whitley Bay, and is very proud of her two-inch view of the North Sea.
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