Dec 11, 2015

Agi & Suze's Christmas Countdown: Interview with Helen Pollard & Giveaway!


About Helen Pollard

Helen says about herself that f you love contemporary romance with a dash of humour and good old-fashioned heart, then you should feel at home with her. She firmly believes there will always be a place for romantic fiction, no matter how fast-paced and cynical the world becomes. Readers still want that feel-good factor – to escape from their own world for a while and see how a budding romance can blossom and overcome adversity to develop into love … and we all need a little love, right? 

You can find Helen on her website and on Twitter. She is the author of Holding Back and Warm Hearts in Winter.

Interview

1) What’s your best Christmas memory? 

Singing Christmas songs with the kids as we tramp across the (hopefully snow-covered) fields at Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire on our way to a bowl of homemade soup at a farm café on Christmas Eve. We try to do it every year.

2) What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?

For a few years, Skipping Christmas by John Grisham was one I enjoyed re-reading. Last year I enjoyed Trisha Ashley’s romances A Winter’s Tale and Twelve Days of Christmas. I’d love to read some of the fab Christmas titles that are out this December, but I’m really strugling for time at the moment. Maybe next year …

3) If you could choose one person, dead or alive, to celebrate a one time special Christmas with, who would you choose and why?

I’d love to spend a Christmas with my late grandad again. He was such a laid-back character. I want to ask him why he couldn’t have passed on more of those easygoing, don’t-believe-in-stress genes to the rest of the family! He would probably just snooze his way through the afternoon film like he did every year after Christmas dinner, bless him. It was a good job we knew those James Bond films off by heart, because we couldn’t hear the words over his snoring!

4) What are your thoughts about Santa?

I love the whole Santa thing. As long as he’s sensible and doesn’t spoil anyone too much, I think he adds a wonderful touch of magic to the season.

5) What are your best and worst Christmas gifts and why?

Best? Having my love of Christmas reignited when my children were small.

Worst? When I was little, a relative gave me a Christmas annual (Bunty or something similar) dated for theprevious year. My mum was so cross about it!

6) Your favourite Christmas song?

Gosh, that’s a hard question, but you can’t beat Bing Crosby crooning White Christmas with that wonderful velvet voice of his.

7) Your favourite Christmas movie?

I think it has to be White Christmas. Toe-tapping songs, great dancing, unashamed schmaltz, and those incredible dresses … I always weep when it snows at the end. I just can’t help myself.

8) Top 3 books that you’re giving as Christmas presents?

The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts, a sweet romance ideal for cat lovers and therefore for a good friend of mine.

Giles Cartoons for my dad – he loves those political cartoons from the newspapers – they take him back to younger days.

Ian Fleming’s James Bond collection for the family – I read them all when I was a teenager and now my kids want to try them to see how they differ from the films. 

9) Most favourite and least favourite part of Christmas?

Favourite? Christmas Eve, when the anticipation is still sweet. I like a brisk walk in the countryside to blow away the cobwebs before the inevitable incarceration indoors for the following few days.

Least favourite? When the tree and decorations start getting jaded. I always end up taking them down earlier than the prescribed date.

10) I must ask, sorry – the best Christmas food is…?

Roast chestnuts to go with the mulled wine!

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of our blogs will receive a wonderful prize:


Three very cute pencils and a turtle gemstone bookmark. Good luck!


37 comments:

  1. Love decorating the Christmas tree with the kids

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    1. Definitely. My kids are 20 and 17 now, but we'll enjoy doing that this afternoon, I hope.

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  2. I love the idea of romance with comedy this is just like my husband and I who are always taking the Mick out of each other. What a shame about your bunty. Have a great Christmas x

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    1. I agree, Tanya, romance shouldn't be TOO serious. Hope you have a great Christmas, too.

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  3. At Christmas the best is seeing the kids so excited. The worst is seeing my bio-mom and bio-family.

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    1. Kids definitely help with the magic element, don't they? Hope the good aspects outshine the bad for you this year, Brian.

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  4. My favorite christmas song is "thank God it's Christmas" - Queen

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    1. Just had to watch it on YouTube to remind myself, Carina. Great song!

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  5. My least fave part of Christmas is the commercialism of it.When I was a child we made presents but now Christmas has lost some of it's meaning for children.

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    1. It can get too commercialised, can't it? I have fond memories of childhood Christmases in the Seventies when it all seemed so much simpler but still exciting and fun.

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  6. I have read one of Helen's book and really enjoyed it. Nice interview.

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    1. Thank you Kathy! Glad you enjoyed the book and the interview :)

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  7. Great interview, I'll look out for one of her books xx

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  8. 6) Your favourite Christmas song?
    A: Jingle Bells

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    1. Another for Jingle Bells . . . very popular!

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  9. i got reminded of Last Christmas by Wham and i do like it ^^ ( not my favourite but among my top 3)

    thank you for the giveaway ( the bookmark is really so wonderfully cute!)

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    1. Wham's song takes me back to teenage Christmases so I find it very nostalgic!

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  10. My least favorite part of Christmas is the clean up! For the most part I leave that to the day after christmas so that it doesn't spoil any part of christmas day!

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    1. Yes, there's always a downside to enjoyment, isn't there?! :(

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  11. I've never had roast chestnuts, or mulled wine come to think of it.

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    1. Oooh, Mary, you're missing out! Although on the odd occasion, I've had a chestnut explode in the oven and it takes forever to clean it!

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  12. My favorite Christmas memory: Ski-ing for the first time, aged 18. No over-long, over-cooked meal with tensions running high. No dramas, no spending the afternoon feeling stupefied with food, none of the dreadful Christmas evening where family activities are de rigeur, yet secretly everyone wants to be anywhere else. Instead, the freedom of the slopes, fresh air and exercise.

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    1. That sounds absolutely fabulous, Mai - a great alternative Christmas!

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  13. Roast chestnuts are so yummy!
    But I enjoy drinking hot chocolate more in these cold winter nights~

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    1. Mmmm, hot chocolate is good, too. Especially with marshmallows on top . . .

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  14. i love everyhing about Christmas.
    i have a very far memory about Christmas: when i was Young in my old house with my parents and my relatives, the night before Christmas...

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    1. I love Christmas Even and the anticipation it holds :)

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  15. My favourite Christmas movie is "Shop Around the Corner".

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    1. Oh, gosh, yes - I'd forgotten about that one. It's lovely! And I love You've Got Mail which was loosely based on it.

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  16. I love the decorations during Christmas. So looking at decorations is something I like :)

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    1. The decorations certainly cheer up the winter months, Rachna, I agree :)

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