Today I’m excited to tell you about a new novel called ‘A Vicarage Christmas’ written by author Kate Hewitt. I’m also sharing an exclusive author interview!! AND there’s a fun giveaway to enter, open internationally!
Q & A with Kate Hewitt
What inspired you to write A Vicarage Christmas?
I was inspired by real life—my family and I lived in a vicarage in the Lake District for four years. A Vicarage Christmas is set in a fictionalized version of where we lived, and is based around four daughters of a vicar, their lives and loves. I have four daughters of my own, so each character is VERY loosely based on a daughter!
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
That hope can always be found, in any situations, and everyone can have a second chance.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
I love getting that ah-ha moment when an idea literally sends a shiver through me. And then digging deep into the emotion of a story, so I feel utterly compelled to tell it. Finally, seeing the book on the shelf or in the hands of a reader—it’s incredibly gratifying.
Do you write with a plan or do you write and see where the story takes you?
I write both—first I write an outline and then I scrap it as the story takes a life of its own.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
My brother wrote a song for me with the lyrics ‘be where you are’. It is a great reminder to live in and enjoy the present.
What are the things you can’t live without in your kitchen?
Cafetiere for coffee and my KitchenAid mixer. I make so many more cookies now!
What would you be doing if you weren’t an author?
I’d be a teacher or a librarian.
What is your favorite inspirational phrase or quote?
In terms of writing, I love Nora Roberts’ quote ‘You can’t revise a blank page’. In terms of life, ‘Let no man pull you so low as to hate him’ by Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my favourites.
A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt
Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…
Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.
After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test.
Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!
Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?
About the Author – Kate Hewitt
About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.
She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.katehewitt.blogspot.co.uk.
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