For day seven of my Twelve Books for Christmas blog I’m interviewing the fabulous Catherine Miller, author of the Gin Shack series. Christmas at the Gin Shack, Catherine’s hilarious sequel to The Gin Shack on the Beach is a very merry Christmas read.
Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…
Olive Turner might have lived through eighty-four Christmases, but she’ll never get bored of her favourite time of year. And this one’s set to be extra-special. It’s the Gin Shack’s first Christmas – and there’s a gin-themed weekend and a cocktail competition on the cards!
But, beneath the dazzle of fairy lights and the delicious scent of mince-pies, Olive smells a rat. From trespassers in her beloved beach hut to a very unfunny joke played on her friends, it seems that someone is missing a dose of good cheer.
Olive knows she’s getting on a bit – but is she really imagining that someone in the little seaside town is out to steal Christmas? More importantly, can she create the perfect gin cocktail before Christmas Eve – in time to save the day?
When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016. She is now the author of four books, including The Gin Shack series.
I asked Catherine to tell us a bit about her festive traditions
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
My Grandad used to always make a pre-Christmas dinner cocktail. That drink with its brown sugar, orange slice and cherry meant Christmas had arrived. Sadly, I lost my Grandad five years ago and the drinks aren’t quite the same without him making them, but I like to think his tradition gets to live on through the Gin Shack books.
I like the sound of that cocktail, Catherine!
When do you open your Christmas presents?
Even though I am thirty-*cough*, my mum still makes me up a Christmas stocking and she continues to do so even though I have children of my own. So we open those first thing and then main presents after breakfast.
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
I think it would be Paulo Coelho. I love his writing and his words of wisdom. He has a range of day planners out for 2018 and I have mine already. He has an amazing talent for inspiring in single sentences. An entire dinner conversation would be magic.
He’s one of my favourite authors too. 🙂
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
My reading has suffered this year with two of my own books to write and being mum to twins who’ve only recently started school. So, I would be a bit indulgent and chose The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin. Sue is one of my best friends and we were on a couple of writing retreats together when it was written. I can’t wait to get the chance to finally read it.
You can contact Catherine here:
Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your new book, Catherine. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful New Year
Bring a little sunshine into your life with one of my sassy, feel good romances. From Amazon and other book stories. All books available as ebooks and print.