Author Interview: Phillipa Ashley

I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the wonderful Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley. As someone who is OBSESSED with all things Christmassy, you will understand exactly how excited I get at the thought of a good festive read. I was lucky enough to be able to catch up with Phillipa as part of the tour and couldn't wait to quiz her on all things Cornish (and Christmas...)

Hello Phillipa, a big, warm welcome to Bookaholic Confessions! Thank you so much for participating in this interview. Would you like to start by introducing yourself...?

Hi there. I live in a quiet Staffordshire village with my husband and have a grown-up daughter who now lives away from home. I’ve been writing for 11 years and started with an online fanfic about a TV period drama called North & South in 2004. Most people will probably know me as the author of the Cornish café series but I’ve written books under three different pen names. Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles will be my 16th published novel.

I am really excited about reading Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles: The Driftwood Inn (released 18th September 2017 with Avon.) I love a good Christmas novel! Can you tell us a little more about it?

It’s about Maisie, who quits her job managing a busy Cornish pub to run her parents’ inn on the Isles of Scilly. She’s looking forward to a proper family Christmas for the first time in years but can’t forget the previous Christmas – and the day she lost everything.

What time of year did you write the novel? How do you get into a Christmassy mood when it’s out of season?

Over the spring and summer. Although there is snow on the cover, snow and frost is extremely rare on Scilly but gales and fog are common in the winter. That wasn’t too hard to imagine after the summer we’ve just had! Christmas is a relatively low key, family occasion on the isles which is a huge part of its appeal, I think.

Are any of the characters in The Little Cornish Isles series based on anyone in real life or are they entirely fictional?

They are completely fictional and I’ve made up fictional islands and place names too as it’s a very tiny community.

What can readers expect from any future books in this brand new series?

Lots of drama, romance and secrets all set against the stunning backdrop of the beautiful Isles of Scilly.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Not until I was 41. Although I loved writing at school, I always preferred descriptive pieces and would produce my own mini magazines about places I’d been on holiday. I went on to become a journalist and copywriter before I wrote my first novel and holidays still inspire me. Sometimes I only have see a place for five minutes to know I’m going to set a book there.

Who are your favourite authors and what kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I used to love crime particularly Ian Rankin’s Rebus books and the Cadfael series by Ellis Peters. Nowadays, I read heaps of romantic fiction and I like historical romantic adventure such as the Scarlet Pimpernel and Poldark and Anthony Horowitz’s Sherlock books.

And finally – can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on at the moment?
Spring in the Little Cornish Isles: the Flower Farm which strangely enough is about a flower farm!

A huge thank you to Phillipa and to Sabah at Avon.

Christmas has arrived on the Cornish Isles of Scilly, bringing mistletoe, surprises and more than a sprinkle of romance . . . Fans of Poldark and Carole Matthews will love this brand-new festive read from the author of the bestselling Cornish Café series.
For Maisie Samson, this Christmas is going to be different. After years working in a busy Cornish pub, she’s moved back to quiet Gull Island where she grew up, to help her parents run the family inn.
But even though she can’t wait for the festive season to arrive, Maisie cannot shake the memories of what happened to her last Christmas – the day she lost everything. She keeps herself busy, setting up the tree and hanging mistletoe ready for her first proper family Christmas in years.
Until a new arrival to the island walks into her bar and changes everything. Australian backpacker Patrick is looking for a job for the low season. When Maisie takes him on, she doesn’t expect him to last the week, but to her surprise Patrick is the perfect fit. Charming and handsome, could Maisie allow herself to hope that she and Patrick could be more than just colleagues?
As Christmas approaches, Maisie finds herself dreading the spring, when Patrick is due to leave. With the help of a little Christmas magic, can Maisie get the happily ever after she always dreamed of?

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