Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Christmas Shorts with... Cathy Woodman

Today's Christmas Shorts interviewee is bestselling author Cathy Woodman.  I have really enjoyed reading Cathy's Talyton St George series over the last couple of years especially the latest one,  Vets In Love, which was published last month so I was delighted when Cathy agreed to answer my Christmas related questions.  

So who did Cathy say she'd like to kiss under the mistletoe?  Read on to find out...

What is your earliest Christmas memory?  
The sense of anticipation and excitement on waking up in the middle of the night with the weight of a pillowcase of presents on my feet.  Having woken my parents and parents, my siblings and I were sent back to bed with instructions not to get up until dawn.  We sat on our beds in the dark, trying to guess what was in our presents, shaking and squeezing them and peeking under the wrapping paper.   

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?
My favourite Christmas tradition is putting out the sherry, mince pies and carrots for Father Christmas and his reindeer on Christmas Eve.  My teenage children tell me Father Christmas doesn't exist, but I don't believe them!   

What is or was the best book-related Christmas gift that you’ve received?
Every year as a child all I wanted for Christmas was the Cor!! annual, a book based on the comic, featuring my favourite characters of the time, including Gus Gorilla, Ivor Lott and Tony Broke, and Jasper the Grasper.  It was the best book-related gift ever.
What is your favourite Christmas book?
I'll be busy writing the next book in the Talyton St George series so I won't have much spare time to read.
What is your favourite Christmas film?
Not just for Christmas, but I love Bridget Jones's Diary where Bridget attends the Christmas party at her parents' house and first sets eyes on the gorgeous Mark Darcy in his knitted jumper with the Christmas motif.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I know it's cheesy, but I love 'Merry Christmas Everybody' by Slade.

If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? 
I would spend it at home with my family and animals.  On Christmas morning, I like to walk the dogs in the fields and visit the yard where we keep my daughter's pony to give her a festive breakfast of carrots, chaff, molasses and mint.
What are you looking forward to most this Christmas?
My family has decided to have a non-traditional Christmas dinner.  So far the votes are on crispy prawns and sweet chilli sauce as a starter, a Mexican dish for the main course and chocolate pudding for dessert.
Will you be making a new years resolution?  Who would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?
No.  It's taken me a long time to realize that the only way to avoid guilt with which I am confused every year when I break my New Year's resolutions is not to make any in the first place.  

Who would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?
At the moment I'm looking for someone special, but in the meantime, Colin Firth or Daniel Craig would do... 
What one thing would you like to receive in your stocking?
Please can I have three things?  An apple, satsuma and jelly tots. 
Finally a few quick fire questions to finish

Christmas at Home or Away? At home with the family
Mulled Wine or Winter Pimms? Winter Pimms
Sprouts... Delicious or evil? Delicious - if they're lightly cooked
Yule Log or Mince Pie? Mince Pie
A Christmas Carol or Hogfather? A Christmas Carol
Miracle on 34th Street or It's a Wonderful Life? Miracle on 34th Street

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