Forget a Big Fat Greek or Gypsy Wedding…this year it’s alllll about a Big Fat CHRISTMAS Wedding! The very lovely Sam Tonge has answered some questions all about her lastest and very festive novel. I hope you all enjoy!
My Big Fat Christmas Wedding is your latest novel. Can you tell us a little about it?
Baker and former exectutive Pippa must decide if she can really leave the glitzy London rat-race to settle with fisherman fiancé, Niko, in a quaint Greek Village. Her ex-boyfriend Henrik, and the refugee crisis help her make up her mind. It is a rollercoaster ride of love, loyalty and self-discovery.
Do you enjoy writing festive stories?
I adore writing them! Nothing makes me feel more fuzzy inside than the smell of roasting turkey, the glitter of tinsel and the sound of Christmas music, and I love transferring those sentiments onto the page.
What was the hardest part about writing this novel?
Interweaving the storyline of the Syrian refugee crisis, and tough Greek economic problems, without detracting from the romantic, fun aspect of the story. I thought it was very important to include the issues – the book is, after all, set in Kos – and am pleased to say that touch wood, so far, readers seem to really like that plotline.
If you could have a Big Fat Christmas Wedding, what would it look like?!
Ooh, red and green garlands, a sparkly, dress, full Christmas dinner afterwards, a choir singing carols in the church, Bing Crosby playing at the evening celebrations… Yes, I would go for the full works! Plus I would send each guest home with an early Christmas present!
What’s your favourite part of Christmas?
I don’t often relax during the year – I think that comes from being self-employed as a writer… you always feel something else can be done. So I enjoy nothing more than, after a huge dinner, relaxing on the sofa in front of some Christmas telly with my family, sipping a glass of mulled wine and reading a few trashy magazines!
Favourite Christmas film?
It’s a Wonderful Life.
Lastly, sprouts or no sprouts?!
I ADORE sprouts! I think it is because they are one of the few vegetables we don’t get all year around, so I really look forward to them coming back into the shops in the autumn!