CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: Michelle Douglas
Mistletoe Madness with Michelle Douglas
What are your plans for Christmas 2014?
This year it’s a quiet family Christmas. I have a couple of deadlines in January so I’ll continue to work steadily towards those. I won’t be working on the public holidays, though. They’re slotted for R&R and family time. I’m telling myself those days off will fuel my writing nicely…as will Christmas cake and a glass or two of Baileys on ice.
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
We have a few different celebrations in the latter half of December with different family groups and friends (I mean, seriously, how can you fit it all in on the day!). On Christmas day itself my DH and I exchange gifts over a leisurely breakfast of coffee and chocolate (I know, I know). Most of the family assembles at my Dad’s place for lunch (where we all bring a dish each). The assorted kids spend most of the afternoon in the pool. In the evening it’s just the DH and I…and Christmas cake. J
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
Ooh, yes. My DH buys me a Pandora Charm for every book I write (what a sweetheart, right?). So I’m all agog to see what charm he’s chosen for Snowbound Surprise for the Billionaire.
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
My Dad insists on the traditional baked meal. So he cooks a piece of pork and roasts vegetables. My sister brings along a roast turkey roll and also a tossed salad. My grandmother usually throws prawns and coleslaw into the mix. I’m in charge of desserts so I bring a ginormous trifle and fruitcake. There’re so many people with so many different tastes, likes and dislikes that we’ve discovered this method works for everyone. Strawberry champagne has also become a bit of a tradition for Christmas lunch. Of course, the other tradition is to eat so much you can’t move after the meal.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year?
LOL. All of the above. But…the trifle gets talked about with affection all throughout the year (probably as it only gets made once a year). I think the kids would cry if I didn’t bring a trifle.
Is there a story behind this?
The story of Christmas dinner… LOL. In the beginning the plan was to alternate who brought along what dish. That lasted a couple of years, but everybody liked my trifle the best. There’s no explanation for this. My trifle is the simplest thing on the planet. So…we now all stick to our tried and true dishes.
Essentials for an Aussie Christmas…
Oh, that’s the same the world over—good food and good company. Though, if one were to throw a cricket bat, the beach and sunscreen into the mix then count me in. J
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Pace yourself. Or not. You only live once. Have fun!
What will you be reading this Christmas?
I’m currently enrolled in a PhD so there’ll be a few academic tomes to wade through. They’re fun—honest. Also, I’m really looking forward to hunkering down with Annie West’s The Rebel’s Bargain and Rachel Bailey’s Cover Story.
What have been your big achievements in 2014?
I had four books released this year. I don’t quite know how that happened! But it’s been lovely. J On a personal note, I took up yoga this year. I was a bit intimidated at first, but I love it.
What are your plans/goals for 2015?
To write more books, to continue making progress on my PhD, to spend lots of gorgeous time with my family and friends, and to try and remember to live in the moment.
Snowbound Surprise for the Billionaire
All she wants for Christmas…
After a difficult year, and the loss of her father, festive cheer is the last thing Addie Ramsey is feeling. She’s just planning a quiet one on her Outback farm. Until her new boss, billionaire Flynn Mather, offers her the perfect distraction—to spend the holiday with him in Europe as his temporary PA!
Christmas hasn’t always been magical for Flynn, either, yet with vivacious Addie by his side, and seeing the joy through her eyes, things feel different this year. Could Addie be the Christmas present Flynn never knew he needed?
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!
What a n informative, interesting and wonderful interview. Thank you for helping me get to know more about a lovely author that has helped me to get through a very tough medical time this past year. Keep up the great work.
Hi Cynthia, thank you so much for your lovely feedback and sorry to hear you’ve had a rough year. We’d love to send you an Amazon gift card if you can email me your details (jaimee (AT) ausromtoday.com). Many thanks, J’aimee
Aw, it’s so nice to see you here, Cynthia! I hope you’re feeling better again soon and that you and yours have a very merry and gorgeous Christmas. 🙂