Sunday, 1 December 2013

Countdown to Christmas Day 1: Festive Fun Q&A with Carole Matthews

Today it's the first of the December so time to start the Countdown to Christmas feature.  In the build up to Christmas I have a few different features planned featuring authors, fellow bloggers and guest reviewers. Kicking it off for us is bestselling author Carole Matthews with a festive fun Q&A.

What’s your earliest or favourite Christmas memory? 
Getting a doll’s bunk bed set when I was about four years old which had been handmade by my uncle. 

What are you looking forward to most this Christmas? 
Same as always, Christmas lunch. Best meal of the year.

What’s your favourite Christmas song or carol? 
Judy Garland’s version of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. Reduces me to floods of tears every time.

What film do you hope to curl up and watch on Christmas afternoon? 
I do like a good period drama to snooze to. Perhaps Pride and Prejudice. 

Do you have a favourite Christmas book that you read again and again? 
No, but I love all the Christmas novels that come out every year now. Never fails to get me in the festive mood. 

Same here which is why I've decided to do the Christmas Reading Challenge this year and will be reviewing your book Calling Mrs Christmas later today ;)

Which singer/band would you like to turn up carol singing at your door? 
Vampire Weekend. 

Which celebrity would you like to snog under the mistletoe? 
I have a list. Just a short one. 

Alexander Skarsgard (Eric the Vampire from True Blood), Colin Farrell, Keifer Sutherland and last, but certainly not least, Danny O’Donoghue from The Script, 

If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
I’d go to the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland. I did part of the research for Calling Mrs Christmas there and it was absolutely fabulous. Would so love to go there again.

What’s top of your wishlist this Christmas? 
Rupert Penry-Jones and Ugg boots. It has been the same for several years now. Still hoping.

If you could do one good deed for someone less fortunate than yourself this Christmas, what would it be? 
To have someone round for Christmas day who’d otherwise be on their own.

Now a few quickfire questions to close...

Tree: Real or Artificial? Both. Artificial tree in my living room and a 12ft real tree in my conservatory. 

Fairy Lights: White or Multi-Coloured? Only ever white. 

Drink: Mulled Wine or Bucks Fizz? Bucks Fizz. From as early in the morning as possible.

Food: Mince Pies or Xmas Pud? Both. Lots of.

Games: Monolopy, Trivial Pursuit or something else? No games. A nice long walk will do.

You can connect with Carole via: 

Facebook: CaroleMatthewsBooks
Twitter: @carolematthews 


  1. Great post! It's nice to get an insight into our authors.

  2. Thanks Shaz and Carole for a fun conversation!