My guest this week is Angela Britnell, who is going to tell us about her fantastic writing room and about her new book release, delightfully titled, A Little Christmas Panto. Over to Angela …
It’s always a pleasure to be invited to chat on your blog, Morton and isn’t it hard to believe we’re less than a month away from Christmas? This year we should even have a white one as we’re going to visit our middle son and his family in Colorado – our other two sons and their families will also be there so for the first time in almost four years we’ll be together again – it’s truly the best Christmas present I could have.
I hope your readers are as inquisitive as me and might like to join me for a peek into my writing space. We only moved into our house three years ago, and the day we came to view it I stepped into the entrance hall, glanced over to the left of the front door and said – ‘That’s mine.’ I loved the shape of the room, especially the unusual window and knew it would make the perfect office. I was determined to snatch it up before my husband thought of a better use for the room! I love that it looks out onto the street so there’s always something going on if I want to be distracted.
As I started to pull the room together, I focused first on practical things like the desk, computer, printer etc but then began to fill it with objects that bring back special memories to me, others that are an inspiration to my writing and some that simply make it a more attractive space to spend a lot of time in. So, on my desk you’ll find these beautiful wood carvings brought back from Kenya by my son who was a missionary there for a while.
On one of the two bookcases you’ll see several old books that belonged to my mother, along with a picture of her as a young girl, taken by a professional photographer in her Sunday best coat. Alongside that is one of my late father with a group of his army colleagues, during the Second World War.
The other bookcase has what started off as one shelf of my books and magazines I’ve had short stories published in, but has now quite wonderfully spread onto a second shelf.
Another shelf shows off all of my Poldark books (I’m a huge fan and old enough to remember the first television series – several of the books are from that vintage), along with other books connected to Cornwall – some bought simply for pleasure and others for research.
On the walls I’ve got family pictures, along with one of my first ever book signing all the way back in 2006 and some Cornish prints. Two of my favourites are these of my three sons in their school uniform from when we lived in London for three years back in the 1990s – one is an official school picture but the other was amazingly created out of clay and then painted by a friend at the school and given to us when we left.
I think the best way of ending up is with showing you something I found in a gift shop in Mousehole, Cornwall. As soon as I saw it, I couldn’t possibly leave it there because it reminds me every time I start a new story what my readers expect!
Thank you again for indulging me, and I wish all of your readers a happy and peaceful holiday season and all the best for the New Year.
I now have writing room envy! Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas too! I do hope you are going to see a pantomime! Mx
About Angela Britnell
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her home outside of 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 almost four 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. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 40 novels published internationally and multiple short stories in women’s magazines.
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About A Little Christmas Panto
My latest book, A Little Christmas Panto, was released at the end of October and is centred around a Cornish pantomime.
Can a little Cornish village panto convince a troubled Hollywood heart throb to act again?
Oh no it won’t! At least that’s what Zach Broussard initially thinks when the eccentric Anna Teague tries to railroad him into helping out with her community pantomime production in the run-up to Christmas. Zach has his reasons for leaving Hollywood behind, and his retreat to the remote village of Polcarne in Cornwall signals the start of a new acting free life for him.
But when Zach meets Anna’s daughter, Rosey – an ex concert pianist who has swapped Mozart for panto tunes – he starts to wonder whether he could change his mind, and not just about acting.
If nothing else, will the residents of Polcarne ensure Zach has a Christmas he never forgets?
Oh yes they will!
I also have another Christmas book, A Cornish Christmas at Pear Tree Farm, it was published last year but is now recently available in paperback, as well as the original digital and audio versions.
Pear Tree Farm in Cornwall, owned by the kind-hearted Nessa Vivian, is known for taking in lost souls, and ex-soldier Crispin Davies is certainly one of those. But the once sleepy caravan park is now a thriving business, and far from the peace and quiet Crispin was craving, he soon finds himself roped into helping out with a short-notice Christmas festival, organised by Nessa’s force-of-nature sister, Lowena.
But despite Crispin’s initial reluctance, his involvement in the festival serves to throw him together with Ashley Spencer, an American woman and fellow lost soul, who works at the nearby Tregereth House. Could Lowena’s ambitious scheme result in a more hopeful Christmas and New Year for them both – with a few surprises along the way?