My regular contributor, Kirsty Ferry is with us today to talk about where she writes. Kirsty has had to Christmas books out recently – a paperback version of Holly’s Christmas Secret and Flora’s Christmas of New Beginnings. Both books are published by Choc Lit. Over to Kirsty …
Thanks for having me on your blog again, Morton! I’ve had two Christmas books published recently – the paperback version of book three in the Pencradoc series, Holly’s Christmas Secret, which has been extended and doubled in size from its original ebook novella; and the third book in the new Padcock series, Flora’s Christmas of New Beginnings. As they are both the third books in the series, I think I’ll list three places where I have written or otherwise worked on these books…
On my lap in front of the TV!
I quite like doing edits in front of the TV. I usually have a cup of tea to hand (or a glass of wine if it’s a weekend!) and something on in the background on TV that I don’t have to think about. As a family, we have enjoyed all the series’ of Grimm and The Mentalist. If I mention to my husband I have edits to do, he automatically knows we will be ‘watching’ something we’ve already seen for a few nights until I’ve sent the edits back. He doesn’t mind rewatching stuff and so long as I chip in with a relevant comment or two, he thinks I’m engaged in the programme as well as editing. I am a woman therefore I can multi-task. And I’ve trained him well enough to provide me with snacks and things throughout the evening, so I don’t actually have to move my bum from the sofa, until I’m done for the night.
On the dining table!
My dog likes this one. He has a permanent blanket just in front of the dining table, and he curls up on it and keeps me company while I work. I like to fuel myself with coffee when I write at the dining table, and the odd biscuit crumb sometimes finds its way into his lair. I suspect that’s as good a reason for him to take up residence there as any. He was well-trained in lockdown – or maybe I was well-trained in lockdown. He lay on a blanket by the computer in the spare room when I worked from home – and he still does do that when I work from home now – and he got lots of biscuits then! He’s my little co-worker, but it’s a shame I can’t train him to answer emails for me in my day job, or work out a plot point in the saggy middle of a novel for my writing.
I actually don’t know a writer who doesn’t do this, but maybe some people are more disciplined than me and don’t work in bed. If I’m home alone and hubby is at work, and child is at Uni, and I have a deadline approaching, I’ll gather up my laptop, mouse mat and mouse, make a cup of tea or hot chocolate and toddle off to bed – with the dog hot at my heels! He gets plonked on the bed, and I climb in, plump up my pillows behind me, and set the laptop up; then I can easily work for a couple of hours on edits or, especially, on a new story. It’s my place of favour at the minute to get ‘new’ work done, and I’m not quite sure why this is. Possibly because there are less distractions upstairs, so I can focus – and all I have to contend with is the dog lying up against my legs and gently snoring…
About Kirsty Ferry
Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 and has had articles and short stories published in various magazines. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.
Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.
Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting.
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About Holly’s Christmas Secret
Once upon a Cornish Christmas …
It’s almost Christmas at the Pencradoc estate in Cornwall which means that, as usual, tea room owner Sorcha is baking up a festive storm. And this year Sorcha is hoping her mince pies will be going down a treat at ‘The Spirit of Christmas Past’ exhibition being organised at the house by new local antiques dealer, Locryn Dyer.
But as Locryn and Sorcha spend more time together, they begin to uncover a very special story of Christmas past that played out at Pencradoc more than a century before, involving a certain ‘Lady’ Holly Sawyer, a festive dinner party and a magical secret encounter with a handsome author …
About Flora’s Christmas of New Beginnings
It was meant to be a romantic Christmas getaway …
Except Flora’s boyfriend Paul is more interested in whether there’s WiFi in their holiday cottage than he is in the pretty village of Padcock where it’s located. It seems he’s incapable of taking time out from his work for gossip mag darling Maxine Marling – or Maxine Marmoset as Flora not so secretly calls her (well, she does look like a marmoset!) – to spend time with his actual girlfriend.
But as Flora discovers the friendly and festive community of Padcock with its eccentric but lovable locals – including dreamy musician Geraint Davies – she begins to question her London life and lots more besides. Especially as a certain marmoset becomes ever more present on her Christmas break for two …
But luckily Padcock is a village where fresh starts happen – and maybe Flora is in line for her own Christmas of new beginnings.
All books and formats available from here: Kirsty Ferry (choc-lit.com)
Thank you for joining me again, Kirsty. It won’t be long before I’m wishing you a very merry Christmas, so good luck with the books 💝
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Great fun seeing how well Kirsty has trained her dog and her husband to help with edits!
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Fabulous interview Morton and Kirsty. I’m intrigued by the ghosts Kirsty works with!
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