Mistletoe Madness with Louise Reynolds
What are your plans for Christmas 2014?
We’ve got a lovely drawn out celebration this year, kicking off early December with family visiting from interstate for five days. Soon after we head north ourselves to celebrate with more extended family before arriving home in Melbourne and hosting a friend from the US. By contrast Christmas Day will be a quiet affair with just my partner, my mother and me.
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
It’s all about relaxation and sharing the day with the people you love. Although it’s only three of us this year, we’ll still go to as much trouble as if there were a dozen. That means making the house look gorgeous, cooking a series of special dishes and serving good wine.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
No, we’re not much into gifts these days.
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
The days of turkey and plum pudding are long behind us. Our usual offering is oysters and prawns, smoked salmon and avocado timbales, then white asparagus with a tricky sauce, some kind of roast, probably duck, and a fresh dessert.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
There are always prawns and oysters because we all enjoy them. They’re so easy and give us time to do more intricate things with some of the following courses.
Essentials for an Aussie Christmas…
Hot weather! It just doesn’t seem right if it’s cool.
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
It’s all about pace. And soda water, plenty of it!
What will you be reading this Christmas?
I’ve got a stack of great Australian romances on the kindle: Kelly Hunter, Rachael Johns, Alissa Callen as well as Jaye Ford’s Already Dead.
What have been your big achievements in 2014?
Having two titles out this year is an achievement as I’m quite a slow writer. I’ve also tried to be more organised by approaching my work in a more orderly way: Keeping a proper writer’s notebook instead of hoarding tiny scraps of paper with obscure scribbles on them, creating proper files for different projects, etc. It doesn’t come easily to me.
What are your plans/goals for 2015?
More of the above. I’m one of those people that is either obsessively tidy or a shambles. There seems to be no middle ground. So this year, I’m aiming for more organisation. In a writing sense, I’m writing my first single title and finding both the length and the construction challenging. I want to finish it by Easter and move to the next project.
A Kirribilli Christmas
Eight years ago Shelby left Sydney for LA, determined to set the world on fire. Now she’s nearly broke and her boyfriend has left her alone at Christmas. Lonely and miserable, Shelby finds herself drawn back to the childhood home she thought she’d left behind . . .
Frangipani House now belongs to Dan Sayers, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who found a new start in Kirribilli. When he spots Shelby dragging her suitcase up the front steps on Christmas Eve, he can’t believe his eyes. It’s been four years since he last saw her. Then, she’d been aloof, a stranger in designer sunglasses and killer heels, barely acknowledging their shared past.
As Christmas unfolds, Shelby and Dan grow closer than ever before and Shelby begins to see her ramshackle home in a new light. But before she and Dan can have any hope of a future together, they must first confront their past.
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!