I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today for Wish Upon A Christmas Cake organised by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours.
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
Welcome to JJ!
Please summarise your novel in 20 words or less.
Wish Upon a Christmas Cake is a story about love, loss, family dynamics and second chances.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
I had a vision of a strong, independent woman with a past that haunts her. She has what appears to be a loving family, but as with all families, nothing is as it seems to be. I pictured her heading off to a big family Christmas—one that she expects to be difficult following the recent loss of her beloved Granny—then being surprised when her ex love is there with his two children. From that point on, the characters told their own story and boy, did they surprise me along the way.
You mention your characters surprised you along the way Darcie but was there anything particular about your protagonist that surprised you?
I always thought of Katie Warham as being strong but when her full story unfolded, I became really involved with her ups and downs and I admired how she’d dealt with a tragic event in her past. However, I also wanted her to be able to overcome her pain in order to move on, so I had to allow her character to evolve naturally.
What scene did you most enjoy writing?
I enjoyed lots of the scenes but the one in the cinema and the final one were particularly enjoyable. Both scenes are key points in Katie’s story and both involve Sam’s children, so they were fun and emotional to write.
… and was there a scene that was the hardest to write?
There is a scene where Katie and Sam have to overcome a painful event from their joint past in order to begin to heal, and that was a tough one to write. I don’t want to give too much away here, but I had a box of tissues handy as I wrote it.
What inspired you to write?
I have always written, and as a child I used to enter short story and poetry competitions. This continued when I went to university but then, as life became busier, writing took a back seat. I nursed the dream to write for years when my children were young and I tried a few times but procrastinated a lot. A few years ago, my husband encouraged me to really try again, and following a few false starts, I finally had that amazing acceptance email. Since then, I haven’t stopped and I’m happier than ever!
Do you have a most creative time of day Darcie?
My favourite time to write is just after breakfast when I feel fresh and creative. However, as this isn’t always possible, I write wherever and whenever I can. I constantly make notes on my IPhone, in notes books and even on the back of receipts.
Panster or a plotter?
I started out as a bit of a pantser. I’d think of a title, or a character would pop into my head and I’d run with their monologue, but I’d often get to a point in the plot where I’d think…What next? An author friend advised me to spend some time before writing a scene envisaging what would happen. I do this for at least five minutes before I start writing and it has really helped. I ensure that the story overview is ready in advance, so that I know where it’s heading, but I’m always prepared to adapt and rethink whenever a character does something unexpected or when an idea occurs that takes the plot off at a tangent during the writing process.
Finally Darcie, can you share what you’re working on now?
I am working on revisions for a contemporary romantic comedy about a single mother of three and her hectic life. She’s had a tough time over the years but she’s resilient and she thinks she’s managing her life until an old flame turns up and turns her world upside-down.
Thank you for sharing with us today.
Wishing you success with all your writing projects Darcie.
The most wonderful time of the year?
Katie Warham has just one wish this year…to have the best Christmas ever!
If only she could lock herself away in a cloud of flour and sugar at her cosy little tearoom, Crumbtious Cakes, instead of spending the festive season trapped with her judgemental mother, crazy Aunt Gina and loved-up celebrity brother Carl…
But Katie never expected her ex-boyfriend, widower Sam – and his two adorable children – to turn up on her doorstep. She didn’t think that any man could tempt her under the mistletoe this year, but Sam might just prove the exception! And as the snow begins to fall and Katie puts the final touches to her famous Christmas cake, she begins to wonder, could her Christmas wish actually come true?
This holiday season, snuggle up by a roaring fire with a mulled wine and enjoy Darcie Boleyn’s festive winter warmer!