Mistletoe and moonshine: a Christmas match made in heaven?
Moonshine Hollow’s famous ‘Lightning Flash’ might be an acquired taste, although the same could be said for moonshine distillery owner Cole Landon, what with his workaholic habits and ‘Scrooge’ tendencies when it comes to all things Christmassy.
But when Jenna Pendean from Cornwall pays a visit to Cole’s family-run distillery in Tennessee during the holiday season, will Cole’s cynicism about the existence of Christmas miracles be put to the test?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I’m lucky enough to have my own office in our house so I always go there to write. It’s just inside the front door and my window looks out onto the street so I sometimes get distracted by watching people out walking and deliveries being made. My routine varies according to what stage I’m at in the current book I’m writing but generally I do business/social media in the morning and more concentrated writing in the afternoon. Of course if I’m on an edit deadline everything changes!
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I’m not a plotter which means I start off with a blank computer screen and maybe a small idea of a particular character or setting but very little else. I use my first rough draft to discover the bones of the story and subsequent drafts to deepen and fine tune it. After each draft I normally send the manuscript to my Kindle and read it through there making notes as I go.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Copious amounts of scalding hot black PG Tips tea.
– What is your favourite book?
If you’re talking about books I’ve written it’s usually the one I’m writing at the moment but if you mean ones by other authors that’s a much harder question! I rarely reread books but do enjoy Bill Bryson’s travel books so I’ll go for his Notes from a Small Island – his wry observations on English life make me laugh out loud.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I doubt it but I read a lot of crime fiction so it’s possible I might give that a try at some point.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not a complete character but there are definitely aspects of people I know that will sneak in either intentionally or not. When my husband read my very first book he spotted that I’d given my heroine my mother’s habit of polishing the kitchen taps after she finished washing up.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I try to but don’t always have it to hand when inspiration strikes so resort to odd bits of paper that often get lost or I can’t decipher later!
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m not keen on sci-fi/fantasy.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
It’s not something I can ever imagine doing but if I wanted to try crime writing I’ll pick Elizabeth George who writes my favourite Inspector Lynley mysteries.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’d probably choose Italy because we lived in Sicily for 2 years a long time ago and travelled around mainland Italy a lot. Our brief visit to Florence has always stuck in my mind and I’d love to go back one day so research would be a good excuse
Thank you, Angela Britnell, Choc Lit and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!
A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 30 novels published internationally and several short stories in women’s magazines.
Website : http://www.angelabritnellromance.com/
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