CHRISTMAS WITH… Maggie Christensen
What are your plans for Christmas 2015?
We plan to start early with a trip to see family in Sydney early December, then a special Christmas Eve breakfast with DH in our favourite restaurant on Noosa Main Beach and lunch with the Brisbane part of the family on Christmas Day.
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
When the grandchildren were small, the whole family would stay over and we’d start the day with mangoes, champagne and orange juice and opening of presents before a family lunch. Now the oldest are in their teens and we now live on the Sunshine Coast, DH and I enjoy a quiet morning with our champagne and mangoes, then have the family for lunch and dinner with an afternoon swim.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
The latest releases by some of my favourite authors.
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
Our Christmas lunch always comprises turkey, ham, roast veggies, sweet potato casserole, chestnut and cashew roast and salad.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
The one dish is one of my later mother-in-law’s favourites. It’s a sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows – yum! The chestnut and cashew roast using a recipe I acquired from an old school friend is also always on the table.
Essentials for an Aussie Christmas…
Champagne and mangoes
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Did I mention champagne?
What will you be reading this Christmas?
See above – gifts under the tree. The latest by Sue Grafton, Di Morrissey, Elizabeth George, Marcia Willett.
What have been your big achievements in 2015?
Publishing two new novels and being invited to speak to several groups about my books.
What are your plans/goals for 2016?
I plan to publish the third and last in my Oregon Coast Series plus another which is still in the melting pot.
Jan Turnbull’s life takes a sharp turn towards chaos the instant her eldest son, Simon takes a tumble in the surf and loses his life.
Blame competes with grief and Jan’s husband turns against her. She finds herself ousted from the family home and separated from their remaining son, Andy.
As Jan tries to cope with her grief and prepares to build a new life, it soon becomes known that Simon has left behind a bombshell, and her younger son seeks ways of compensating for his loss, leading to further issues for her to deal with.
Can Jan hold it all together and save her marriage and her family?
A story of loss, grief and the struggle to survive against adversity.
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