Sunday, 8 December 2013

Countdown to Christmas Day 8: Festive Fun Q&A with Linda Mitchelmore

Today Linda Mitchelmore is the latest author to take part in the Countdown to Christmas feature by answering a few questions in the festive fun Q&A.

What’s your earliest or favourite Christmas memory?
Sitting at the kitchen table, aged five or so, with the parcel my mother’s sister sent from Canada. Auntie always wrapped her parcels in cloth which she stitched up with waxed thread, and it was my job to unpick the thread and wind it onto an old cotton reel for future use. The smell of everything – the comics that were within, the wrapping paper, the knitted things – were different to English things.

What are you looking forward to most this Christmas?
Sunshine, so I can get outside for a walk in the fresh air.

Do you have any family traditions that you always follow? 
Christmas Eve is always ‘open house’ here. Family and friends we won’t be seeing on the big day call in and we exchange pressies. I always make my legendary sausage rolls – home-minced pork with grated ciabbata, onion, and apple, with sage, and all wrapped in rough-puff pastry. Mince pies made with sweet pastry with a blob of cream cheese on top of the mincemeat before I put the lids on….scrummy. I would be lynched if I didn’t make the above!

Do you do the whole traditional Christmas dinner or have alternative? 
I don’t cook at lunch time – ever! In the morning we visit our daughter and her family for sherry and a nibble at coffee time, then we take a few left-over sausage rolls and a flask of coffee and have a good, long, walk whatever the weather. In the evening our son and daughter join us and I do the full monty Christmas turkey blow-out then!

What’s your favourite Christmas song or carol?
In the Bleak mid winter…..:)

What film do you hope to curl up and watch on Christmas afternoon? 
We don’t – see above re the walk…:))

Do you have a favourite Christmas book that you read again and again? 
Mog’s Christmas, a children’s book which I read to my children and which I am now reading to my grandchildren…lovely.

Which singer/band would you like to turn up carol singing at your door? 
I’m deaf, so the singing would be lost on me, but my husband would appreciate Judy Garland for her unique and wonderful voice if someone could resurrect her….:)

Which celebrity would you like to snog under the mistletoe?
Francesco da Mosto…..and then he could cook me anything and ply me with drinks…:)

If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be?
With Francesco da Mosto in his palazzo in Venice ….just the once!

What’s top of your wishlist this Christmas? 
A BIG lottery win so I can buy a big house in the country for all my family to enjoy with me.

If you could do one good deed for someone less fortunate than yourself this Christmas, what 
would it be?
Wave a wand so all their heating bills are paid for the rest of their lives.

Now a few quickfire questions to finish off... 

Tree: real or artificial? Artifical

Fairy Lights: White or Multi-Coloured? Milti-coloured

Drink: Mulled Wine or Bucks Fizz? Bucks Fizz – chilled and in large glasses

Food: Mince Pies or Xmas Pud? Christmas Pud

Games: Monolopy, Trivial Pursuit or something else? Dominoes….:)

Linda has certainly been a busy lady this year having written/published not 1, not 2 but 3 books this year, the latest Emma - There's No Turning Back is out now as an eBook and will be published as a paperback in January.

You can connect with Linda via: 

Facebook: Linda Mitchelmore
Twitter: @LindaMitchelmor

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