Friday 17 July 2015

Festive Q&A with Sophie Hart!

Sophie Hart lives in London with her fiancé and her collection of naughty books. Her first novel, The Naughty Girls Book Club, reached number one on the Bookseller Heatseeker's Chart, and was also published in Italy, Spain, Germany and Turkey.

A Girl's Guide to the Birds and the Bees was published by Bookouture in 2014 and The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched will be released on July 17th, 2015.

Sophie likes to spend her time going on nice holidays, making half-hearted attempts at exercise, and lusting after Daniel Craig.

What sits on top of your Christmas tree?

For many years it was a scruffy old fairy, but last year I invested in a shiny, sparkly star, which catches the light beautifully.

Favourite Christmas song?

It’s a bit more unusual, and I think I like it because it doesn’t get played to death like a lot of other Christmas songs – A Spaceman Came Travelling by Chris de Burgh. Altogether now: ‘And it went na na na na na na na na na na…’

Favourite Christmas movie?

Again, not an obvious choice, but I’m going to pick The Snowman. It tugs at the heart strings, and for half an hour I’m swept away in a magical world. Plus who can resist doing their best Aled Jones impression and warbling along to Walking in the Air?

Favourite festive foodie treat?

Ooh, so many! Christmas dinner and chocolate log and the cheeseboard and nibbly bits wrapped in pastry... And that’s without getting me started on festive drinkie treats (mulled wine, Bailey’s, fizzy stuff at fancy parties...) But I think my fave foodie treat is the fact that you can eat chocolate for breakfast completely guilt-free on Christmas morning. Preferably Ferrero Rocher if anyone’s bought me a box.

The best part of Christmas is…

Where do I start? The festive atmosphere, the Christmas lights, the fact you can deck your home out in glitter and sparkle, two weeks off work, the food, the parties and the PRESENTS!

The worst part of Christmas is…

The comedown afterwards – tidying up, taking down the decorations, and making all kinds of resolutions to lose the 7lbs you’ve inevitably put on.

Your best, and worst, Christmas present?

My best present was probably last year when I got engaged. My boyfriend (now fiancé!) even got me additional presents on top of the shiny engagement ring, so I was very spoilt. I’m not sure what the worst is, and I don’t want to get into trouble with anyone... Probably something that’s very obviously been re-gifted, and not chosen for me at all.

When do you do your Christmas shopping?

I’ll get a few bits at the end of November and feel very pleased with myself for being so organised. The smug feeling lasts for a couple of weeks until I realise it’s mid-December and I haven’t bought anything else since.

Any Christmas Day traditions?

There are a lot that revolve around the TV! We always watch Christmas Top of the Pops, and we always watch The Queen’s Speech. It’s tradition too that I get a bag of chocolate coins from my mum – boo to Cadburys for stopping making them last year. And there’s usually a game of charades before the day’s out, with a lot of giggling and confusion about the rules.

Favourite Christmas book?

Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan. I love all of her books, and this was such a clever idea, having the heroine try out a new life in three different cities: London, Paris and New York. I can’t wait for Summer at Tiffany’s, out this month!

Favourite Christmassy book cover?

Scarlett Bailey has some cracking Christmas book covers – I especially love Married by Christmas and The Night Before Christmas.

Book sat at the top of your Christmas in July wishlist?

Summer at Tiffany’s, as I mentioned. Also The Blue by Lucy Clarke. And anything by my fellow Bookouture authors – there are some great titles and new releases coming up like Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin and A Sister’s Promise by Renita D’Silva.

When did you find out Santa wasn’t real? Or is he real?

Sssh! Are there children listening? Let’s just say that as I got older, my mum made a couple of slip ups which led to me seriously questioning whether it really was Santa’s elves that had made my new bike in their workshop, or whether my parents had just gone and bought it from Halfords.

How would you spend your ideal Christmas?

It would have to be in the UK – I can’t imagine having Christmas somewhere tropical, when it’s hot and sunny. So in an ideal Christmas it would be snowing outside, while I was curled up in a cosy little cottage by the fire with my fiancé. Access to a good selection of cheeses, a glass of port and a large box of chocolates would top off a perfect day!


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