What do you love most about Christmas?
How long it seems to last these days. I weary of the people griping that the festivities now seem to start mid-September. As Christmas is pretty much a get out of jail free card for all of my favourite types of behaviour- greed, sloth, gluttony etc- it seems a bit dreary to bemoan extra time for such activities.
What makes you a Christmas Scrooge?
Nothing. I adore buying presents and like to be bankrupt come the twenty fourth. January is usually survived on rice, beans and hope.
How do you fit your writing around Christmas, or do you make sure you have a break?
I never, ever write over Christmas. I’d just end up transcribing whatever I was watching on telly at the time.
What is your favourite Christmas film or book?
Favourite Christmas film is a Muppet’s Christmas Carol. I usually whack it on around October and continue on a loop until sometime in March.
What are you hoping for under your Christmas tree this year?
Anjelica Huston’s autobiography, a collection of Cheever’s short stories, She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick and some alcohol, hopefully.
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