Hi Katie! Welcome back to BreakfastAtShelbys, I’m so happy to have you return and give us all the behind-the-scenes gossip of your newest release –How about we kick off this interview with you telling us all about ‘Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay?’
Thank you so much for having me back on your fabulous blog!
Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is about Nell who is obsessed with Christmas and all things romcom! She can’t stop watching her favourite Christmas movies and dreaming of the day when she meets her own romantic hero, especially as she is hosting the first ever wedding at her small hotel, Holly Lodge.
Nell’s best friend, Tom, has been in love with her ever since they met. But Nell has never seen him that way, and he’s always kept his feelings a secret in case it ruins their friendship.
After the opening of the glamorous Langdon Mansion Hotel, Nell’s B&B is struggling for survival and she must fight, with Tom’s help, to keep Holly Lodge open. But with bad reviews popping up online and her best friend turning into a bridezilla, things aren’t exactly easy!
Can the magic of Christmas help two old friends save Holly Lodge and open Nell’s eyes to a love that was always there the whole time?
Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is your final instalment to the Swallowtail Bay series – what were your thoughts and feelings throughout the process of writing this one, with that in mind?
I felt really sad to be saying goodbye to this gorgeous seaside town! But then, on the other hand, all my books so far have had seaside settings and I was really looking forward to a change of scene! It’s been so much fun writing Swallowtail Bay, but I really hope readers will enjoy their visits to the tiny English village of Meadowbank in 2021.
With current circumstances much different from last year, what are your plans for Christmas this year? Are there any big changes to the day or is a lot of your routine staying the same?
I’m normally a huge planner at Christmas and this year I’m finding it really hard not being able to do that! We didn’t know what the rules would be and trying to decide who to see when you have a big family is really hard! It’s definitely one of the most stressful Christmasses we’ve had! I’m also missing things like the kids nativity plays! It’s all a bit weird and tough!
But, this year is all about appreciating what you’ve got. So the kids are putting on a performance for me at home, I’m making sure I’ve got enough food to feed the street in case I end up hosting Christmas and just generally trying to chill!
It is nice having my husband home to help with wrapping the presents this year, though I’m not sure he’s as thrilled about it as I am!
Looking back on previous Christmas’, what has been your favourite Christmas memory?
That’s such a good question and it’s so difficult to choose! My childhood memories are all brilliant, but one that really stands out to me is the first time I remember getting up on Christmas morning and having to line up with my family before we could go downstairs. My dad always made us line up in age order and I thought it was so unfair, but I make my kids do the same now!
If you had to be trapped in one Christmas movie, which one would it be?
Ha! This is fabulous! I think I’d love to be trapped in Scrooged. I love that movie and I’m a huge Bill Murray fan! We watch it ever Christmas and the kids are just getting old enough to watch it too. I can’t wait to see their faces!
You are allowed to invite three of your book characters over for Christmas Dinner this year – who would they be and why?
Only three? How do I choose?! I think I’d have to go for Esme from Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage because she’d cook us a feast, Hetty from Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay because she’d have everything organised and take the stress out of it all and Tom from Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay because he looks a bit like Tom Hiddleston (in my mind, anyway!).
You are standing under the mistletoe with one of your leading male’s – who would they be and why?
I think the best thing about being a romance writer are the love affairs we get to have with our leading men! Joe from Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a particular favourite because to me he looks like Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier for those who don’t know!) and he’s quite delicious!
If you could have one wish granted this year, what would it be?
I know this is a bit obvious, but I’m going to have to say for Coronavirus to end. It’s just been horrendous for everyone and terrifying for our children. I know we have the vaccine’s coming but if I could vanish it in one go, I definitely would.
What one thing are you most grateful for this holiday season?
So many things right now! One thing I’m most grateful for is that all my family and friends are well. Even those who’ve had Coronavirus are feeling okay. We’ve been very lucky, as a lot of people have lost their loved ones this year.
If you could describe ‘Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay’ in three words, what would they be?
Heart-warming, uplifting romance.
Lastly, do you have any future book news that you are able to share with us?
The cover for my next book The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse will be revealed next year. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to show it to you all! I am allowed to share this holding blurb with you now though.
Ever since she left home Amelia’s been enjoying her new life in Paris and has lost contact with everyone in the small English village of Meadowbank. But with the surprise inheritance of her childhood home, Meadow Farmhouse, Amelia has no choice but to return home to discover the secrets of her great-aunt’s past and face her feelings for first love Adam again.
Can Amelia finally confront the past and find where her heart truly calls home?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog again, Shelby! It’s always such a pleasure and your questions are fab!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Lots of love,
Aw I’m so glad you enjoyed your time here, thank you so much for agreeing to come back on the blog! I had so much fun picking out these questions and reading all of your responses. They were absolutely wonderful! Congratulations on the release of Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay! I now am going to sit patiently (maybe) in anticipation for The Secrets of Meadowbank!