Today I’m over the moon to share a brand new feature Christmas with Orenda Books. Over the coming month I will be sharing interviews, a fabulous giveaway for one lucky reader, short stories, and Christmas memories of many of the fabulous authors who make up Orenda Books.
One lucky reader will win 18 of the finest books published by Orenda books, (all books included in the photo below) hopefully in time for Christmas, details on how to enter can be found further down the post.
Today I thought it fitting to start this feature with Karen Sullivan the founder of Orenda Books, Karen has to be one of the most amazing publishers in the book world, she’s also one of the kindest and most supportive ladies I have the pleasure to know. Without Karen’s help this feature would have never taken off. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I have. So without further ado here’s a post about ‘a Karen Sullivan Christmas’…..
What is your favourite Christmas memory?
When I was a child, we used to travel from our home in the Maritimes (Canada … Halifax to be exact) back to Toronto, and stay at my grandparents’ gorgeous big house (it had a bar, a laundry chute, a ‘pool room’ – basically a wet room with changing rooms leading out to the swimming pool, cedar cupboards housing my grandmothers’ furs and things like old typewriters, a little compartment with a door on either side for the milk delivery … HEAVEN).
My three aunts were always there, with husbands or boyfriends, and my grandfather would don a Santa hat and hand out the presents. Christmas music would be playing and there would be eggnog and delicious snacks. So many gifts and stockings … it sometimes took all day to open them. We were awestruck!
Where will you be spending Christmas?
With my three sons and partner in London … at Casa Orenda. The rest of my family is in Canada but we don’t have warm enough clothing to go there for the holidays and the prospect of dragging presents back and forth isn’t exciting. We see them in the summer instead. It’s nice having my boys around … it’s always full of laughter!
Do you have any Christmas traditions?
We always leave brandy and a mince pie for Santa, and a carrot for Rudolph, and have jam-packed stockings that I cross stitched when my youngest was a baby. We open them and then have Eggs Benedict for breakfast before moving onto the presents. We alway decorate our tree together, and my middle, tallest son, Luke, has the honour of putting on the star! The decorations are a total mishmash of baubles and other things picked up on travels around the world, and some made by the kids. We have ham and turkey in the evening and then flake out to read!
What was your best ever Christmas present?
When I was a child, I got a Velvet doll that I had been coveting … you pushed a button on her tummy and her hair grew. I’ll never forget this … mainly because I discovered it under the bed in my aunt’s room on Christmas Eve and played it with all night before replacing it! My favourite presents were ALWAYS box sets of books, though. Books are/were expensive in Canada and I mainly used this library. This was so special! And when I was a little girl, my mum used to sew us all new Christmas PJs … mine was always a flannel nightie. She still gives me one every Christmas (not handmade) and it remains a highlight.
What was your worst ever Christmas present?
I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad present, but I remember being about five or six and DESPERATE for a pair of white go-go boots, like a girl in my class, Kirsten Nugent, had. They did not materialise and I was devastated.
Favourite Christmas tipple?
What are you hoping for this Christmas?
Nothing in particular … maybe my new nightie?
Karen’s cross stitched stockings made by her own fair hand.
Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?
Take a break and enjoy all the wonderful books. We would be NOTHING without you and we so appreciate. Find a bit of peace!
About karen Sullivan
Karen with author Thomas Enger
Orenda Books was founded by publisher Karen Sullivan in late 2014 to specialise in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, about half in translation. The company has fast made a name for itself, being shortlisted for the IPG Nick Robinson Newcomer Award, shortlisting for and winning a clutch of awards, including CWA Daggers, Authors’ Club First Novel Award, the Petrona Award, the Glass Key and the Dead Good Reads Awards. Karen was also named as a Bookseller Rising Star for 2016.
My thanks to Karen for taking time out of her hectic schedule to take part in this feature and for the use of her personal photos, and also for the fabulous giveaway.
The giveaway includes all the books featured in the above photo, 18 fabulous books in total. The competition is open to UK residents only. Competition will close on midnight on the 19th December and please note the prize will be sent directly from the publishers (hopefully in time for Christmas) and you must be following my blog.
To enter click on the link and good luck Orenda Books Christmas bundle 📚🎁🎄