To continue the celebrations of publication of A Christmas Gift, I’ve invited a few people to tell us what they feel about fab Christmas books and to include a Christmassy pic if they felt so inclined.
First up is Helen Huthwaite, Publishing Director, Avon HarperCollins:
“Reading my first Christmas book of the season gives me all the happiness and warmth of biting into a festive mince pie or slurping delicious mulled wine on a cold winter’s evening. As the dark nights draw in, a Christmas story brings light, fun and hope – a teaser for the many festivities that lie ahead. And that’s why I can’t possibly confine myself to a Christmas read for just one season – they bring me joy all year round!
Mark West, author, a great writing buddy and my long-standing beta reader:
“Until you started writing Christmas books, I never even realised they were a “thing” but I was very happy to discover their existence. I love Christmas and everything about it but, for me, a Christmas read brings to mind happy hours spent lying on the floor as the smells of Christmas dinner suffused the house, reading the latest Look-In or Six Million Dollar Man (or whatever else had taken my fancy that year) annual.”
Hattie Grunwald, literary agent at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency:
“I’m a big fan of Christmas traditions – visiting Christmas markets, hosting a Christmas dinner for my friends or seeing the panto with my family – and for me, reading a Christmas book is another magical way of welcoming in the festive season every year. Whether it’s a classic you re-read every year, or the newest offering from your favourite author, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a paperback full of Christmas magic!”
Heidi Swain, author:
“All books are special, but there’s something truly magical about Christmas books. Nothing comes close to snuggling under a fleecy blanket on a chilly day with a mug of marshmallow-topped hot chocolate and a plot packed full of festive events and seasonal spice!
Heidi has her own brand-new Christmas book out, too! Look out for Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland. Congratulations, Heidi!
Susan Baker, a stalwart member of my street team, #TeamSueMoorcroft:
“I love Christmas. It’s the very best time of year. It’s not the day itself, it’s the run-up and all the prep work. Yes, it’s manic, but my escape at the end of the day is to curl up with a Christmas book. It has to be a romantic story, all snowflakes and tinsel. It is by far the best way to escape the world that is supermarkets and worrying if Amazon will deliver on time. I love to be able to curl up and immerse myself in a wonderful Christmas Wonderland before reality strikes and I’ve got to worry about Turkey timings!
I adore giving and, for that matter, receiving books as Christmas gifts – the best Christmas gift of all is a Christmas book.”
Bella Osborne, author:
“I am a huge fan of Christmas and it is, without doubt, my favourite time of year. I’m relatively new to Christmas novels but now really enjoy curling up with a mince pie, glass of mulled wine and a Christmas book that immerses me in the festivities. I’m even going to have a crack at writing one myself!”
Anne Williams, blogger on Being Anne and member of #TeamSueMoorcroft:
“Tinsel and lights, snow and the man in the red coat, the magic of the season, a nice touch of romance – I’m an unashamed fan of Christmas books, and always try to read as many as I possibly can. When you’re a blogger, Christmas books start to appear before you’ve put away your suntan lotion these days, but the season can’t start too early for me – I get to excited by every new sparkly snow-covered cover I see.”
And from me:
I love Christmas books more every year! Until I began to write them I simply hadn’t realised how many readers looked to them for Christmas build-up excitement, Christmas reading-time and Christmas gifts. Right from my first Christmas book, The Christmas Promise, I got swept up in the fun – especially when The Christmas Promise rewarded me so handsomely by being a Christmas #1 on Amazon Kindle – and it’s great to see my latest, A Christmas Gift, on the shelves. All my life, books at Christmas have been favoured gifts, both to give and to receive, whether they’re set at Christmas or not.