About Louise Marley
Louise writes romantic comedy and romantic suspense, and sometimes mixes the two! The first story she had published was a short story in Take a Break. It was about a dog (based on her own dog, Lewis) who liked to chase joggers. Her first novel was published after she was a finalist in a competition run by Poolbeg Press to ‘Write a Bestseller’. This was Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Louise’s books have now sold over 130,000 copies, have been #1 in romance and romantic suspense and have spent over 7 months in the Amazon UK Top 100. You can find Louise on herwebsite, as well as on Twitter. And many other social media websites
What’s your best Christmas memory?
I got engaged on Christmas Eve! I’d been out to the pub with my boyfriend (now husband!) and when we arrived home he said something like, ‘Oh look, Santa’s been’. And when I checked my Christmas stocking, I found an engagement ring! Technically, I suppose that means I’m engaged to Santa Claus …
What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?
Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley is still my all-time favourite Christmas book. It has everything, including a host of eccentric characters snowed into a lovely big old house – and a very hot hero! My other favourites are A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens andSkipping Christmas by John Grisham, which is a very funny story about a couple who decide to skip celebrating Christmas. It was made into a movie (Christmas with the Kranks), but the book is much better!
If you could choose one person, dead or alive, to celebrate a onetime special Christmas with, who would you choose and why?
I think I would choose my grandmother. She died shortly after I married but she always loved Christmas, and she passed that enthusiasm on to me. She was the one who told me all the stories behind the Christmas customs and many of the traditions we still follow were hers. Her love for Christmas was all the more remarkable considering her husband (my grandfather) was killed in the Sheffield Blitz a few weeks before Christmas, leaving her with a three-year-old daughter (my mother). Having Christmas (a time where everyone is expected to be happy) as the anniversary of his death must have been very difficult for her but she was the kind of person who always put other people before herself.
What are your thoughts about Santa?
Many people don’t realise he was a real person – a 4th century bishop – hence his red robes. His real name was Nikolaos of Myra, although he later became known as St Nicholas. Try saying ‘St Nicholas’ over and over again, very fast, and see what you end up with. Yep, ‘Santa Claus’. The red coat and trousers were popularised by the Coca Cola adverts in the 1930s, but the idea of a man delivering presents down a chimney, and travelling by sleigh and reindeer, came from the Clement Clarke Moore poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
What are your best and worst Christmas gifts and why?
My best Christmas gift was that engagement ring – thank you Santa! And I really can’t tell you about my worst Christmas gift. It is the thought that counts after all!
Your favourite Christmas song?
I LOVE Christmas music and would play it all year round if I could. Don’t make me pick just one!!! My favourites are the Otis Redding version of White Christmas, The Christmas Song by the Raveonettes and, of course, All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey.
Your favourite Christmas movie?
Elf! I force my poor family to watch it every year. We can quote whole chunks to each other …
Top 3 books that you’re giving as Christmas presents?
I have bought copies of A Christmas Cracker by Trisha Ashley, The Captain’s Christmas Bride by Annie Burrows and The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory, for three different people – but I can’t say who they are for, in case they read this!
Most favourite and least favourite part of Christmas?
My favourite part of Christmas is Christmas Eve, with the anticipation of everything to come. My least favourite part used to be the washing up after Christmas dinner, but after I delegated the job to my husband we got a dishwasher. Funny that …
I must ask, sorry – the best Christmas food is…?
Christmas pudding! With mince pies as a close second.
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