AUTHOR INTERVIEW: KILEY DUNBAR TALKS ONE WINTERS NIGHT

Hi Kiley! 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 ‘One Winters Night?’

Thanks so much for having me back! I love your blog so much and it’s always lovely chatting with you!

One Winter’s Night is out now. It’s the sequel to my debut novel, One Summer’s Night, and it follows the fortunes of Kelsey Anderson as she sets up her photography studio and settles into a long distance relationship wither gorgeous actor boyfriend. Her best friend Mirren arrives in Stratford to keep her company and we get to the bottom of Mirren’s love story. Oh, and there’s a wee bit of a mystery to solve too!

With every interview that the two of us do, I always have to be cheeky and ask if I could have a glimpse at your mood boards haha – what did your mood board look like for ‘One Winters Night’?

The mood board for One Winter’s Night is just as dreamy as all the rest. Here you go: Stratford vistas and handsome actors!

Photo Credit: Kiley Dunbar

What would you say is the key theme/message in One Winters Night?

Don’t let anyone tell you who or what you are. We make and remodel ourselves however we wish. Kelsey learns this as she starts her new business, her best friend Mirren stands up to work bullies, and Blythe (Kelsey’s elderly neighbour) rediscovers her acting mojo long after theatre managers put an end to her career in the 70s.

If any, what were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?

Writing about Stratford-upon-Avon when I wasn’t allowed to visit (early lockdown) was hard. So I had to conjure up Kelsey’s version of Stratford from a distance and really immerse the readers in it.

What were the key highlights of writing this book?

Getting the chance to write a sequel to One Summer’s Night was a highlight in itself. Two books following the same characters on their journeys! I feel so fortunate to get the chance to go back and see them all again.

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?

We always spend the big day alone at home, just the five of us (Amos the dog makes us five) so it won’t be that different this year, but we won’t see any family at all (like we usually do on Boxing Day) and that’s really hard.

Looking back on previous Christmas’, what has been your favourite Christmas memory?

Hands down it was the family trip to Lapland in December 2017 that went on to inspire my second book, Christmas at Frozen Falls. That holiday was pure magic!

If you had to be trapped in one Christmas movie, which one would it be?

The Holiday! I’d love to spend Christmas in Kate Winslet’s little cottage and if Jude Law was there in his specs and cosy scarf, all the better!

You are allowed to invite three of your book characters over for Christmas Dinner this year – who would they be and why?

Mirren from One Winter’s Night (she’s bold, bolshy and fun), Elliot (from the bookshop novel I’m writing at the moment – out in spring 2021) because he is just a huge, gorgeous, long-haired Wall of Man, and Sylvie from Christmas at Frozen Falls because she’s so funny and she LOVES Christmas!

You are standing under the mistletoe with one of your leading male’s – who would they be and why?

Atholl Fergusson, my grumpy Scot from Summer at the Highland Coral Beach (2020). He’s a Jamie from Outlander lookalike, all red curls and kissable lips, and his soft side is Oh So Soft.

If you could have one wish granted this year, what would it be?

That we see the back of this awful, hateful virus once and for all in 2021 and we can start HUGGING again!

What one thing are you most grateful for this holiday season?

I’m so grateful I have my wee family around me. It hasn’t been an easy year but we’re together, thank goodness.

If you could describe ‘One Winters Night’ in three words, what would they be?

Swoony, feisty romance.

Lastly, do you have any future book news that you are able to share with us?

I have two new Hera books coming out in 2021!

Look out for a cover reveal in the New Year for my gorgeous seaside bookshop romance. Elliot and Jude are waiting to welcome you to the beautiful, quirky ‘Borrow-a-Bookshop’. It’s set in Clove Lore, their own version of Clovelly in North Devon. I know you’ll love this picturesque, dreamy romance which, as always, has a little kick to it and a great big Happy Ever After.

And in the autumn Atholl Fergusson and Beatrice are back at the Princess and the Pea Inn in Summer at the Highland Coral Beach II and there’s a tiny little Christmas surprise in store for them!

Thanks so much for inviting me back, Shelby! Wishing you and your followers  a very Merry Christmas!

Love, Kiley, x

One Winter’s Night eBook is now down to just 99p for a limited time:

AMZ: https://amzn.to/2VZp5ym

Kobo: https://bit.ly/37OMCI1

And there are paperbacks at:

Amazon: (https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Winters-Night-Kiley-Dunbar/dp/1788639855)

Blackwell’s (https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/One-Winters-Night-by-Kiley-Dunbar-author/9781788639859)

Waterstones (https://www.waterstones.com/book/one-winters-night/kiley-dunbar/9781788639859)

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited to hear that we’re getting a sequel to Atholl and Beatrice’s story, I was smiling so wide when I read that sentence! I’m also super intrigued and ready to visit this gorgeous seaside bookshop in Clove Lore. Roll on 2021! Thank you so much, Kiley, for coming back on the blog. It is always such a pleasure and you can definitely be sure I’ll be getting in touch for a chat about your upcoming books – see you there! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and have a Happy New Year! 

Shelby x

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