This week my visitor is Angela Britnell, as she shares five things you would never guess about her. Angela‘s latest novel Christmas in Little Penhaven is released by Choc Lit on 26 November 2019 and is available for pre-order now. Over to Angela …
At our wedding the vicar announced to the whole church that he’d seen me in a wedding dress before. Luckily, before everyone started to speculate too vividly he went on to explain the rest of the story. His youngest daughter was my best friend and we often played together. At the vicarage they had a wonderful trunk full of clothes we were allowed to dress up in, including his wife’s wedding dress. He had seen me wearing it along with badly fitting high heels and tottering down the road between our 2 houses.
When I was pregnant with our first son I lived on the side of an active volcano (Mt. Etna) with no telephone, no internet, no family nearby and a husband who routinely worked 12 hour shifts that turned into closer to 14 hours away allowing for travel time to and from the naval base. Late in the pregnancy we bought walkie-talkies so I could check in with a friend who lived nearby when Richard was at work. Miraculously all went well and after giving birth at the US Naval Hospital in Naples we flew home with our four day old son. I relied on baby books, advice from friends and a weekly brief phone calls to both sets of our parents and Stephen survived!
I joined the WRNS (the female side of the British Royal Navy in the olden days! Think skirts, high heels and no going to sea) when I was eighteen and after several different jobs ended up as the only British female stationed at a small NATO headquarters in Denmark, LCO Viborg (again no longer in existence!). My senior WRNS officer was safely up in Norway which left me free to chase after the particular American naval aviator I ended up marrying.
My recent obsession with the new Poldark TV series and Aidan Turner are hardly a secret but the fact that my Poldark obsession truly started many years ago might be. When the first series aired in the mid-70s the television room in WRNS quarters would be packed every Sunday evening when it was on and we all swooned over Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark. I fulfilled the dream of meeting him a couple of years ago when he was signing copies of his latest cookery book in Truro. In case you’re interested he’s still extremely handsome and utterly charming. Now I only need to meet Aidan to make life complete…
Despite the fact I haven’t lived there for forty plus years when I return to the small village where I grew up in Cornwall there are still people who refer to me as “Mr. Golley’s daughter from up the post office.” I was actually born in the house that then served as the post office and while my mother was in labour (2 days as she’s been reminding me all these years) my father had to deal with answering the same question from a constant stream of customers about whether I was here yet!
About Angela Britnell
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 25 novels published internationally and several short stories in women’s magazines.
If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, dark chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell, www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.
Have yourself a little Cornish Christmas …
Wannabe author Jane Solomon is expecting an uneventful Christmas in her Cornish village of Little Penhaven.
But then super fit American gym owner Hal Muir comes to town, and suddenly the holiday season looks set to be far more interesting. Hal is keen on embracing every British tradition on offer, from mince pies to Christmas pub quizzes – and perhaps some festive romance too …
You can also check out Angela‘s page on the Choc Lit website for details of her other books here
Thank you for joining me this week, Angela. Off to pre-order – I like the sound of your new book! 😄