About Debbie Johnson
Debbie Johnson is an author of women’s fiction for HarperImpulse, Harper Collins, supernatural crime for Avon, and fantasy for Del Ray. Let’s welcome the one and only and very talented Debbie Johnson – and if you want to chat to her, follow her on Twitter.
1) What’s your best Christmas memory?
There are so many lovely ones when you have children, but I especially treasure my daughter when she wasabout 3, coming downstairs all fat and cuddly, saying she’d been kept awake ALL night by reindeer hooves dancing on the roof! We live near the coast, so it could have been seagulls! I also cherish a memory of a Christmas when my mum, who died a few years ago, came down to Oxford to visit me when I was living there – she suffered poor health later in life, so recalling her at a stage when she was fit and independent enough to travel on the train alone is really nice.
2) What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?
Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Snowman and a really good current festive romance – I’ve especially liked Carmel Harrington’s Every Time A Bell Rings this 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?
From the real world, too many people – my mum and dad, my dad’s partner, and two of my closest friends, all of whom died in autumn and in the run-up to Christmas. I’d love one more conversation, one more chance to say I love you. But that’s a bit macabre – instead, maybe I’ll have a wonderfully snowy Christmas in front of a roaring log fire in a cabin in the Alps, with James Bond! There’d be lots of booze and good food and…other stuff!
4) What are your thoughts about Santa?
He seems like a cool dude – never met him though! Having played Santa for my kids for a number of years now, I really appreciate how hard his job is!
5) What are your best and worst Christmas gifts and why?
Best gifts for me are always books, but my husband and I also have a habit of getting each other very silly autographed photos. I’ve got him the cast of Lovejoy and Jeeves and Wooster, and my favourite from him is of David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth! They’s displayed in frames in our hallway, and cause much confusion to visitors! Worst gift ever…from my teenaged son, who was going through a real ‚whatever!’ phase and forgot to get anybody any gifts. So he made me a bracelet out of string with old foreign coins glued onto it, thinking I’d see it as cute…I didn’t. I saw it as him having forgotten to get me a Christmas present and having to make one from items he found on his bedroom floor!
6) Your favourite Christmas song?
Last Christmas by Wham!
7) Your favourite Christmas movie?
8) Top 3 books that you’re giving as Christmas presents?
I’m giving my own away to one friend, because she’s asked for it! I’ve bought my daughter the complete Enid Blyton Mysteries set, and my middle son the latest David Walliams. There are always lots and lots of book-shaped gifts under our Christmas tree!
9) Most favourite and least favourite part of Christmas?
Favourite: spending time with family, totally relaxed and away from the stresses of work and the real world. Least favourite: the horrible bit straight after, where people go back to work, and everyone is really depressed!
10) I must ask, sorry – the best Christmas food is…?
Savouries for me – roast spuds and stuffing with the turkey!
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