Mistletoe Madness with Noelle Clark
What are your plans for Christmas 2014?
A quiet Christmas at my daughter’s home with my children and grandchildren. Given that it’s the twin’s first Christmas, it should be rather special.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
If you could turn love, happiness and peace into a material object, then that’s what I’d like to see for all people, not just my family. But a nice bottle of wine or a book would be good too.
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
We open the gifts for the adults at midnight on Christmas Eve, then on Christmas morning, once the children notice that Santa has been, we focus on watching them rip open the presents while we sip champagne. Someone fires up the barbecue and cooks ham and eggs.
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
Prawns, ham off the bone, and salads. We also do marinated chicken breasts on the barbie.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
Rum Balls. No story, except that since my son was about 12 years old, he’s been in charge of making them, and I strongly suspect he used to ‘taste’ the rum to make sure it was fresh.
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Drink plenty of water. Try not to drink too much alcohol so that you don’t have to apologise for anything the next day. Catch a nap in the afternoon before dinner.
What will you be reading this Christmas?
In no particular order: Warrior’s Surrender by EE Carter; Engaging the Enemy by Susanne Bellamy; and as many books from my huge TBR pile as I can.
What have been your big achievements in 2014?
It was a year of highs and some sad times for me. My elderly mother passed away in July and we had some sickness in the family as well, but my twin grandchildren appeared in October, so we’ve been blessed with happiness to balance things out. I had two books plus an anthology published in 2014, and made some new friends.
What are your plans/goals for 2015?
Writing and hoping others enjoy reading my stories. Spending time with family and friends. I have two more books in my Robinhill Farm series contracted to be released in 2015, plus I have a contract for a short story in a Valentine’s anthology. My partners in the Christmas anthology and I will almost certainly do another one in 2015, and I have a few other books ready to go. 2015 is going to be a corker of a year.
Keen to keep the Christmas fun going?
Come over and try your luck at cracking an AusRomToday cracker. There’s books, book packs, Amazon gift cards, and heaps of other fun Christmassy prizes to win!