Oh how exciting it is to have Katie back on the blog to talk all about her latest novel, ‘Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage’. I have an incredible interview for you all today with Katie herself, where we talk about her newest book release, Sebastian Stan, Christmas Day routines, and what Katie has in store for us next!
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 – which I absolutely adored by the way! How about we kick off this interview with you telling us all about ‘Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage?’
Snowflakes is all about Esme, a fiesty young woman who’s dealt more than her fair share of bad luck and her life in London comes crashing down around her. She ends up back home with her mad parents and rents a little cottage where she tries her best to forge a new path for herself. Throw in a handsome old crush who’s dealing with his own emotional baggage and it’s a proper Christmas love story!
What inspired you to write ‘Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage?’
I am completely obsessed with Christmas cookery programmes and I mean, completely obsessed. I will watch them all day every day if I can. There’s just something about the music, the twinkling lights and the yummy food that gets me in the festive spirit! So one day I thought, I wonder what happens when the director shouts ‘cut’ and suddenly, Felicity and Esme were in my head!
But I wanted to switch things up a little and have the female main character kind of coping with the emotional baggage and the male main character being the one to struggle. That’s when Joe was born. Poor Jo, I really did give him a hard time!
Being a big fan of Hallmark Christmas movies, I noticed ‘Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage’ could be an absolute perfect story to bring to life! If your book was to become a movie, who would you cast as your leading lady, Esme? Assuming you would love Sebastian Stan to portray Joe – although if you had any other actors in mind, I’d love to hear about them as well!
I would so LOVE Sebastian Stan to be Joe! If you don’t follow me on Twitter then you won’t be aware of my everlasting love the most gorgoeus man on the planet! The only other actor who I could see in the role is Killian Scott who was in Dublin Murders recently. Either would be find by me!
As for Esme, someone like Emma Stone or Amy Adams would be great. If anyone wants to email Netflix I’d be grateful!
How do you get yourself in to the festive spirit whilst writing out of season?
Sometimes it’s not too hard because by the time you’re editing it’s more structural and you need to take a step back and look at the story objectively (or as objcetively as you can!). When it does get hard I get a Christmas playlist going! And British summers aren’t always that much better than winter anyway!
What is the typical Christmas Day routine for you and your family?
It really depends if we’re with my family or my husbands (we alternate every year) but each year is different in a good way. Either way, we’re up at the crack of dawn because our kids are only 7 and 9 and they can’t not get up as soon as they wake up! Then it’s present opening with sausage rolls for breakfast and prosecco or bucks fizz. If we’re with my family, my mum and dad come over and we all open presents together, then my mum cooks the roast dinner. I generally prepare the veg on Christmas Eve so I do pull my weight! If we’re with my husband’s family, it’s a wonderful crazy day! He has two sisters who each have kids so when we’re all together it’s non-stop laughter. We all pitch in with dinner bringing different courses and preparing different things and it’s just mayhem. Luckily, me and my sister-in-laws are more like sisters and I love my mother-in-law to bits so there are no problems or arguments! It’s just gin, laughing and food. Then when we’re alone, just the four of us, we collapse in our Christmas pj’s!
Which recipe from ‘Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage’ would you say is your favourite? They all sound absolutely delicious!
The orange tea bread is a real favourite of mine. My mum used to make it for me and my brother when we were little. But really, my absolute favourite has to be the Christmas pudding. The story in the book about the grandmother going to the pub with a jug for some ale is what my great grandmother had to do when she was little. She taught my mum to make the puddings and now, we all mix the mixture three times clockwise and make a wish. I’m so happy that tradition has continued.
What are your favourite foods to make on Christmas Day?
Honestly, as long as someone else is looking after the roast, I’m good! I hate cooking for lots of people. It really, really, stresses me out. But I do love getting up on Boxing Day and cooking off a great big gammon. We eat it through the day with bread and cheese and pickles. It’s divine!
What would you say is your go-to Christmas song and movie during the holidays?
This is probably the quickest I’ve ever answered a question! I love Scrooged or the A Muppet Christmas Carol. And Christmas song is Fairytale of New York. I also love Kay Starr (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man with the Bag.
Do you have anything in particular on your wish-list this year for Christmas?
Ummm, I’m not sure really! I think I’d just like some nice stationary. It’s what I normally ask for!
If you could describe ‘Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage’ in three words, what would they be?
Funny, festive, romance!
Lastly, do you have any future book news that you are able to share with us?
Yes! I’ve got a new series out next year set in a lovely seaside town called Swallowtail Bay. The first book, Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay is out in March and has an adorable King Charles Spaniel called Frank in it! I really hope readers will enjoy it.
Merry Christmas, everyone! However you’re celebrating, I hope you have a fabulous time!
Oh, I just love a book that includes a furry friend! Merry Christmas, Katie!