Today is my stop on the blog tour to celebrate the publication of A Gift From Woolworths by Elaine Everest, I have an interview with her to share with you all, which is exciting. I hope you enjoy it, happy reading!! The book is published and available to buy for anyone who is eager to give this a read, I have my copy and looking forward to reading it soon. A huge thanks to Elaine for making sure everyone on the tour was given a copy!
Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog today. The question look interesting…
Do you enjoy writing books set at Christmas?
I enjoy writing books full stop. Who wouldn’t like setting their stories amongst the festive period? However, the Christmas market is a hard one as the world and her neighbour has a book out at this time to compete in the gift market. Supermarkets have only so much space on their shelves and vie with each other to be competitive. So, in some ways it is not a good time for authors. Saying that it is delightful to hear that someone found one of my books in their Christmas stocking.
What are your favourite Christmas books?
I’m a traditionalist so for me the favourite books are by Charles Dickens and Louise May Alcott. I love Little Women and A Christmas Carol and will often reread them during the Christmas season. I also have a wonderful picture book of The Night Before Christmas that comes out every year to get me in the Christmas spirit.
When it comes to your Christmas, what are your traditions?
I was about to say that I don’t really have any traditions but in some ways I do as I have to follow the traditional Christmas meal on the day and always have a new board game to play and book to read. I recall once deciding not to have a turkey for the 25th and at the last minute purchased one, which we had on New Year’s Day as there was a large rib of beef sitting in the fridge. Never again – I felt as though Christmas wasn’t complete without a bird on Christmas Day!
How do you research for your books?
I tend to have a minimum of three timelines: My fictional story, World War 2 history covering the period of my book and third, the history of the area where the book is set. With my Woolworths books I also have a timeline to cover F W Woolworths as the stores had so much to cope with during the war years and went through many changes with rationing and bomb damage. I have many non-fiction books that cover WW2 and also use local resources for the town where the books are set. Woolworths has a fabulous online museum and the curator is extremely helpful if I need to ask a question. I’m also an avid watcher of films made during the 1940s.
What are you working on next?
We are at the editing stages with my book for May 2019. It is the start of a new series set on the Kent coast and involves a lovely group of girls, who work in the Lyons Teashops. I hope my readers enjoy The Teashop Girls as much as they have my Woolworths books.
Mince Pies or Egg Nog?
For me it would have to be mince pies. I no longer make them as there are just the two of us (and the dog) and I always seem to cook for an army! It is the same with Christmas pudding, as my husband doesn’t eat it. Thankfully M&S make small puddings and exceedingly nice mince pies!
Thank you again for hosting me today. Happy Christmas!
About the author:
Elaine Everest, author of Bestselling novels The Woolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths, and Wartime at Woolworths was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women’s magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy looms.
When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students.
Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors.