CHRISTMAS WITH… Eva Scott
What are your plans for Christmas 2015?
We’ve had quite the challenging year so we’re running away for Christmas. We’re off on a cruise around the South Pacific islands. No cooking, no cleaning, no dragging our bones around town trying to fit everyone in. Mind you, my brother just put in an in-ground pool. Christmas at his place might have been nice too…
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
I like to have everyone over on Christmas Eve to take the pressure of Christmas Day (BIG family, loads of politics about who goes where and when). First we got to the Christingle church service especially aimed at children. Then it’s back to my place for a feast and presents. The next morning we’ll get up, open our presents, have a leisurely brunch and spend the day swimming.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
I’d LOVE an old fashioned pinball machine. (They cost the same amount as a small second hand car!). Realistically I’d like a charm for my bracelet to replace the one that broke. I miss it.
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
My mother and I were never traditional in the sense of a roast turkey with all the trimmings. So at my house the menu changes every year but there are always two things you can count on: baked ham and a tiramisu.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
My sister-in-law’s potato bake. It gets served at any and every family event. She makes the absolute BEST. She has this wonderful knack for old-school comfort food. It’s a gift.
Essentials for an Aussie Christmas…
Air-conditioning, a swimming pool and something cold to drink.
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Plan early and start early. The sooner you can get everything you need the better. Then if something goes missing/wrong/get broken/forgotten you still have plenty of time to get to the shops without a panic.
What will you be reading this Christmas?
I’m saving Kate Morton’s Lake House for my cruise. And I know I’m getting a book about Tom Blake, a man I particularly admire. Looking forward to that.
What have been your big achievements in 2015?
Just surviving! My mother passed away, my dad got sick, my husband was made redundant and I became unwell myself. Having said that my niece is about to have her first child and my book Red Dust Dreaming broke through. And we got married right before my husband got his dream job. It’s been one hell of a ride!
What are your plans/goals for 2016?
I’m going back to school so that’s super exciting. My son starts his prep year. I’m hoping to see my current novel Red Dust Dancer find a home and I think we might go on a holiday to Hawaii. Brand new fresh year full of possibilities.
Home for Christmas
During her Christmas Eve performance, part time Burlesque dancer Miss Ginger Snap looks out into the crowd to see her first and only love, Clay Roberts. The man who broke her heart and betrayed her. The man who caused her to flee her home town in the Outback to the bright lights of Sydney and never look back.
For Clay time stands still as he sees Jessica King on stage. She ran out on him at their high school graduation and he’s been searching for her ever since. Gone the geeky IT girl he loved and in her place someone he barely recognises.
After missing her train home for Christmas, Clay convinces Jessica to travel with him.
Can Clay convince his one true love to give him the opportunity to atone and a second chance? Can Jess risk being hurt again by the man she loved?
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