Congratulations to Tilly Tennant whose book, ‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’ is out today. With it’s lovely cover you are bound to start feeling that little bit Christmassy. To celebrate, Bookouture thought it would be great if there was a blog blitz and I’m really happy to be a part of it. I asked Tilly some questions. I hope you enjoy my interview with her.
Can you tell me a bit about ‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’ please?
Christmas at the Little Village Bakery takes us back to the village of Honeybourne to catch up with the characters of The Little Village Bakery. It’s Christmas, so Honeybourne is sparkling with newly fallen snow and buzzing with anticipation for the festivities. But as usual, the holiday season is not plain sailing for everyone. This book centres around Dylan’s friend, Spencer, and a new arrival at the bakery, Darcie, who is Millie’s cousin. Everyone is keeping secrets and everyone seems to be having some battle or another – whether it is against forbidden love or warring parents, and peace and goodwill to all men seems a long way off!
When did you start working on this book?
I started it in February of this year, suffering from post-Christmas blues and wishing we could have it back!
Where did you get the idea for this novel from?
Really it was just a natural progression of where we had left the story at the end of The Little Village Bakery. People wanted to know what had happened to certain characters and I was only too happy to find out along with them!
What’s it like writing a Christmas book at a different time of the year?
Because this one was written only just after Christmas it didn’t seem too weird. But last year I was writing a Christmas book in July and that was very weird. It’s hard to get in the zone when it’s thirty degrees outside your window and everyone is eating ice-cream!
What do you hope readers get from your book?
If they get a few hours of a new world to escape to and a nice feeling at the end, I will be happy I’ve done my job well.
Do you have a village bakery near you?
One or two fantastic ones, although they’re more city bakeries as I don’t live in a village. They do make good cakes, though.
Have you ever wanted to start your own bakery business?
God no, I’d be hopeless! Much easier to write about a business than run one!
What’s your favourite cake?
Cake. Basically I love nearly all cake!
When will your next book be out?
Christmas at the Little Village Bakery is out today. I’m currently working on a new series set in Rome and the first one of that is due out in the spring of next year.
What’s your advice for anyone wanting to write their first novel?
Stop worrying about whether it will be good or bad and just write it! So many people tell me they would love to write a book but the fear of it being rubbish stops them.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love getting out and about with my teenage daughters. I do like baking but I’m not very good at it. I like going for walks and seeing new places. If I could afford to be on holiday every week I would!
Finally, what will you be doing this Christmas?
Collapsing after the mental year 2016 has been! In all seriousness, it will probably just be a quiet family Christmas, but sometimes they are the nicest ones, aren’t they? I’ll be enjoying the break and getting fired up for 2017.
About Tilly Tennant
From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage. Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.
‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’ is available to buy from:-
Tilly Tennant’s Website – www.tillytennant.com