Monday, 10 December 2012

Christmas Shorts with... Margaret James

Today's Christmas Shorts guest is Margaret James, author of thirteen novels to date including The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain and The Penny Bangle, a saga about the Denham family.

The Denham's story will be brought up to date in 2013 with the publication of a new novel, The Wedding Diary, which will feature some of the family we've met before.  This new novel is a romantic comedy, so in many ways is completely different from Margaret's previous books.    

Margaret has chosen her favourite Christmas moment from one of her own stories...

The Silver Locket is set during the First World War, so the events in it took place nearly a hundred years ago. It's about a nurse (Rose Courtenay) and a soldier (Alex Denham) who fall in love when they really shouldn't because he's already married and she's as good as engaged. The Christmas of 1915 is special for both of them because they manage to meet up against all the odds, they spend the day together, and Alex gives Rose a present she'll treasure until the end of her life: the Victorian silver locket of the title.

What is your earliest Christmas memory?  
Being four or five, going downstairs in the dark and finding the doll I'd been admiring in a shop for weeks lying under the tree.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?
Great big Christmas lunch with my extended family. 

What is or was the best book-related Christmas gift that you’ve received?
The Guinness Book of Records - I have a copy of the very first one.
What is your favourite Christmas book?
Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley
What is your favourite Christmas film?
Shrek the Halls
What is your favourite Christmas song?
Walking in a Winter Wonderland

If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? 
Devon - it's where my heart is now.
What are you looking forward to most this Christmas?
Seeing my family.
Will you be making a new years resolution?   
Manage my time more efficiently - probably doomed to failure.

Who would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?
Richard Armitage
What one thing would you like to receive in your stocking?
A time turner like the one Hermione has in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Finally a few quick fire questions to finish

Christmas at Home or Away? Home
Mulled Wine or Winter Pimms? Mulled Wine
Sprouts... Delicious or evil? Delicious lightly steamed with chestnuts and lots of butter - otherwise evil
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? It's a Wonderful Life

If you'd like to find out more about Margaret and her books, head over to her blog, or why not connect with her on Facebook or Twitter where she'd love to hear from you.  


  1. Thank you for inviting me on to your blog, Sharon - it was great talking to you!

  2. Lovely to have a little more information about one of my favourite authors!

    Caroline Praed