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All Philippa Francis aka Lockwoodwriter Wants for Christmas Is...

5 People to invite to a Christmas Banquet:
  • George Bailey after Clarence the angel has taught him a lesson (in It's A Wonderful Life). He really understands how to celebrate life.
  • Mrs Oldknowe in The Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston.. Such a magical character in a classic children's tale.
  • Cole Hawlings from The Box of Delights by John Masefield. He's seen so many Christmases, he'd have such tales to tell.
  • Frances Hardinge - writer of The Lie Tree, & A Skinful of Shadows (among others), volcano-lover and hat-wearer.
  • Chris Riddell - artist and all-round nice chap. He could do cartoons of us all.

4 Books under your tree this Christmas:
  • Winter Magic, a collection curated by Abi Elphinstone - short stories are perfect for such a busy time of year.
  • The Winter's Child by Cassandra Parkin - reviewers tell me it's dark and dream-like, the writer has a painterly eye for detail - and she's from Yorkshire like me!
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones - A Goblin King, a stolen child, music and sacrifice - right up my street.
  • I'll be Home for Christmas anthology for Crisis . A bit of a cheat as I have the kindle edition - but I'd love the actual book. Writers include Melvin Burgess,  Juno Dawson, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, and Benjamin Zephaniah. 

3 Christmas foods:
  • Panettone: it's like eating scented clouds and it ought to be made by little Italian cherubs.
  • Clementines: such fun to squeeze the skins and make the candles fizz with their oil.
  • Pigs-in-blankets: fabulous name and so savoury.

2 Christmas films I couldn't live without:
  • Nightmare before Christmas - I love a bit of spookiness at Christmas.
  • Muppets Christmas Carol - pure Dickensian genius - with Kermit!

1 Christmas song:
'2000 Miles'  by The Unthanks - two sisters singing a haunting version of the classic Pretenders' song.

K. M. Lockwood writes and edits in The Garret.
Once downstairs, she runs a tiny writer-friendly B&B or wanders off  looking for sea-glass on the Sussex coast.
 Twitter: @lockwoodwriter

 Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/philippafrancis/

All Finian Black Wants For Christmas Is...

5 people to spend Christmas with:

My wife, my two children - because they are the most special people in my life.
Bruce Springsteen - my favourite songwriter. There's a song for every mood and occasion.
King Arthur - the version that I invented for my book The Final Raven. I think we'd be good friends!

4 books I want under the tree:

La Belle Sauvage (Philip Pullman) - the His Dark Materials trilogy is one of the most remarkable things I've ever read.
The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Matt Haig) - Matt's Christmas books will become 'must reads' for many years to come.
A Christmas Carol (Dickens) - the original and best Christmas ghost story.
Mythos (Stephen Fry) - I'm so excited by this retelling of the Greek myths and legends. Can Stephen compare with Roger Lancelyn Green?

3 Christmas foods:

Sprouts (!!) - I absolutely love them. They're great on pizzas!
Mince pies - a bit obvious, but they are just so wonderful.
Baileys  - am I allowed a liquid food?

2 Christmas films I couldn't live without: 

Muppet Christmas Carol - an annual event in our house. Put up the tree, close the curtains, turn on the tree lights and settle back! 
Raiders of the Lost Ark - it reminds me of my childhood. Family get togethers, Christmas Day movies, eating too much!

1 Christmas song: 

Fairytale of New York (Pogues) - the best Christmas song of all time!

Finian Black writes middle grade books that are full of action, mystery and magic. THE FINAL RAVEN is available now in paperback and download. 'Plague is spreading across modern day Britain. Birds are dying. People are dying. Will friendship, love and belief be enough to stop what seems unstoppable?'

Visit my website here: http://www.finianblack.com/ and subscribe for exclusive access to draft chapters from the sequel THE DEVIL'S BLOOD, out Spring 2018.

All Annie Woods Wants For Christmas Is...

5 people you'd want to spend Christmas with:

Emma Watson – Hermione Granger is my fictional heroine and Emma Watson is a real life role model, would love to spend time with her to talk about Harry Potter and women's rights and her new movies and her rumoured relationship with Prince Harry and so much more…

James Corden – Christmas Karaoke, hello! Love James Corden, he seems to be genuinely nice and fun and with him Christmas sure would never get dull. If there was even the slightest risk that anyone was getting bored, he’d just spice it up with a little game of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts”.

Malala Yousafzai – Would be so amazing to get to meet and talk to one of the bravest persons on this earth. I’d like to hear more about her life and plans onwards and what can be done to improve the situation for girls. Not the least in the wake of #metoo and everything.

Princess Diana – Would love to hear all royal gossip, what really happened at the night of her death and to discuss the plot for my next book in the Angelheart Saga series with her. I believe she was a truly romantic person and with her royal insights, I’m sure she would have fantastic ideas for plot twists!

Kit Harington – What can I say, you need some eye candy for Christmas… Rumour also has it that he writes poetry, who wouldn’t love to have Kit recite poetry to you for Christmas?

4 Books you want under your tree this Christmas:

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – The film/series was shown on Swedish TV during Christmas when I was a kid, why I think of these as Christmas books. I loved the books so much when I was a pre-teen, would love to re-read them now, sure I will love them still.

The Twilight Before Christmas by Kate Drake – Don’t know much about this book, just loved the title and that it’s a book about seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft, who return home for Christmas and catch the spirit of the season and decide to open up a bookstore. But when an earthquake reveals a burial crypt, they have to battle the darkness threatening to destroy both Christmas and the passionate love story between one of the sisters and a hometown hero. Witches and passionate love and season’s spirit, what could be more perfect as a Christmas read?

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – Just found out that a new Sally Green book will be published in May 2018. I loved her Half Bad series to pieces, it was so magical, unique and tragically marvellous, that I’m dying to read more of her books. May 2018 feels like ages away, so it would definitely be the perfect Christmas gift to get a copy of it in advance!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – This is embarrassing, but I have not read this one… so it’s definitely about time I read this classic.

3 Christmas foods:
Butterscotch candy – Or actually all candy… Christmas for me is candy, candy, candy… and some chocolate!

My grandmother’s gravlax – This is a Scandinavian kind of salmon sashimi with dill and sugar, which I guess anyone outside Scandinavia would find rather disgusting, but it just wouldn’t be Christmas for me without and my grandmother’s special mustard sauce.

Walnuts – I love to crack and shell walnuts, the sound and the shell pieces everywhere always gives me such Christmas feeling. I’m not that much into eating them, it’s more the thing about using the nut cracker, I think…

2 Christmas films you couldn't live without:

Love, Actually - I know a lot of people find it cringy, but I’m a romance sucker and for me it just wouldn’t be Christmas without this movie. The scene when Keira Knightley ’s Juliet asks to see her wedding video and Andrew Lincoln’s Mark’s reaction and then of course the scene with the Christmas carols and Mark holding up signs on Juliet’s doorstep saying “To me you are perfect.” Can’t help it, just love it. Makes me cry every time…

Ivanhoe - This is not a Christmas film, I know, but in Sweden it has been on TV every Christmas since 1982 (yes that’s right EVERY CHRISTMAS SINCE 1982!). So I simply can’t imagine Christmas without it.

1 Christmas song:
All I Want For Christmas Is You in the version made by She & Him – I think this is one of the few that I could cope with having on repeat. Otherwise I might have chosen Feliz Navidad, that one really gives you the happy Christmas spirit, but on repeat the whole Christmas? No, thank you…


BIO:Annie Woods is a Swedish author, who has spent a lot of time in the USA and UK. Currently she is partly living in the US, dividing her time between Stockholm and New York. She is the author of First Came Forever, the first book in the Angelheart Saga Trilogy. The second book in the series is expected to be published next year. Reading has always been a big part of her life. She’s a true bookworm who sometimes (too often) prefers books to people. She’s especially addicted to YA and teen love stories.
Learn more about Annie Woods and the Angelheart Saga trilogy at anniewoodsbooks.com and on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36001305-first-came-forever). You can also connect with her on Instagram @anniewoodsauthor (https://www.instagram.com/anniewoodsauthor/) and Twitter @anniewoodsYA (https://twitter.com/anniewoodsYA).

All Brigid Kemmerer Wants For Christmas Is...

5 people you'd want to spend Christmas with:

After my husband, mother, and kids, of course:
Carrie Fisher
Alexander Hamilton
Sabaa Tahir
Jake Tapper
Sophie Kinsella
(That is seriously the most random list of people but I love them all.) 

4 Books you want under your tree this Christmas:

Oh wow! What a tough question!

A REAPER AT THE GATES by Sabaa Tahir (I seriously can't wait. If she came to my fictional Christmas dinner, I'd read it right there in front of her.)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens (I've never read the book)
THE WITCH DOESN'T BURN IN THIS ONE by Amanda Lovelace (Her first book of poems was PHENOMENAL)
PRINCE IN DISGUISE by Stephanie Kate Strohm (I saw someone raving on Twitter and pre-ordered it immediately)

3 Christmas foods:

Ham with honeyed crust
Mashed potatoes

2 Christmas films you couldn't live without:

"The Family Man" with Nicholas Cage and Tea Leoni. 
"Christmas Vacation" with Chevy Chase and Beverly DeAngelo

1 Christmas song:

"O Holy Night" No contest! I could sing you the whole song, by heart, right now.

Brigid Kemmerer
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