A Vicarage Christmas Q&A With Kate Hewitt - Neverland Blog Tours.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

www.sunshinesarahxo.comWelcome 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 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

Meet The Author Q&A With Kate Hewitt!

 Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on SunshineSarahxo! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your book: 

I am an American ex-pat living in Wales with my husband and five children between the ages of 4 and 19. My book, A Vicarage Christmas, is the first in a four-book series set in the Lake District, and based around four daughters of a vicar.

Q2: At what point did you decide to write books and share them with the world?? 

I’ve always written something, ever since I was a child. In fact, the first ‘book’ I wrote was a two-page leaflet with cover that I handed out to all my friends and family when I was six. I started writing seriously when I was about twenty-three and had my first novel published when I was thirty-two.

Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all? 

I think I’ve improved and grown as a writer, but some fundamental things haven’t changed. I like to write about real, flawed people grounded in a well-described setting.

Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which authors do you emulate? 

I love so many authors—Jodi Piccoult inspired me with her book My Sister’s Keeper to write about real-life issues. CJ Sansom inspires me with his meticulous research in his Shardlake series, set in Tudor England. There is so much goodness and inspiration to be gleaned from other writers.

Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline which you are particularly excited about?! 

I have just completed a new women’s fiction novel which is quite emotional and contemporary that I am really excited about. It should be coming out with a new publisher in 2018.

Q6: Does anyone else know about your books? What do they think about them?? 

My family and friends all know about their books, and they’re generally impressed, although my brothers don’t read anything I write!

Q7: Are you obessed with Lush!?!? If YES what is your favourite product?! 

I love going into the store to smell all the products, but I don’t actually buy anything!

Q8: Has your writing helped you in other areas of life?! 

Writing is a form of therapy—whatever issue I am dealing with in real life, it often comes out in my writing, and I am able to work through my own emotions through my story, as well as a bring a deeper level of feeling and empathy to the characters.

Q9: What is it that makes you so fabulous?! 

Am I fabulous?! I have a good sense of humour

Q10: Finally, can you recommend anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/Tv Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!) 

DVD - The Americans, a totally gripping mystery/drama series about Communist spies in America.

Food - Pie d’Angloys cheese which takes like Brie

Music - The Wealthy West, an American folk singer with soulful lyrics and melodies

Thanks so much Kate!! Please go and check out an excerpt of her book plus the chance to win a copy of 'A Cotswold Christmas' and a £10 Amazon Voucher on my previous post! Good Luck!

Love, Sarah

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