Eeeek only nine days to Christmas, I’m sure you all have loads to do for the BIG day so I won’t waffle on (much). I’m hoping you’ve got five minutes to sit down with a caramel nut latte (my very favourite drink) make sure it’s got plenty of cream on though, heaven in a mug! and a mince pie of course because today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Mel Sherratt drop by the book review café to tell us all about her Christmas 🎄 So with no further ado sit back and relax and enjoy
What is your favourite Christmas memory?
Waking up when I was about six years old and having a Blue Peter Annual and a red dressing gown with ladybird buttons at the end of my bed.
Where will you be spending Christmas?
At home. Having recently moved house, we’re as excited as if it were our first Christmas together. It’s a lovely feeling.
Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Nothing apart from the usual things. We have a quiet Christmas. It used to be hectic as we went out most nights but now we’re happy to stay at home and chill. I love Christmas Day.
Mel’s Christmas Tree, loving the decorations
What was your best ever Christmas present?
When I first met my husband in 1993, he bought me a Gucci watch. It was only a cheapie, I hasten to add but I have treasured it ever since.
What was your worst ever Christmas present?
Favourite Christmas tipple?
It has to be Baileys.
What are you hoping for this Christmas?
Snow! I would really love to see several feet of the white stuff. It doesn’t have to be Christmas Day – just some time soon.
Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?
Health, wealth and happiness is always a good thing to toast at Christmas. I’d also like to say thank you to all my readers who stay with me on my writing journey from book to book, and the fantastic bloggers that spread the news about my books. I feel very lucky to have so many people to interact with every day.
I write gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all eight of my crime novels have been bestsellers, each one climbing into the kindle UK top 20 and I’ve had several number ones. I’ve also had numerous Kindle All-star awards, for best read author and best titles.
I also write contemporary fiction under the name of Marcie Steele – Stirred with Love was published in September 2015, The Little Market Stall of Hope and Heartbreak in December 2015 and The Second Chance Shoe Shop in April 2016.
I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and make liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books.
Books by Mel Sherratt published by Bookouture
Pre-0rder Don’t Look Behind You, published the 31st January 2017
My thanks to Mel Sherratt for taking time out of her busy schedule and also for the fabulous Christmas tree photograph from Mel’s personal collection