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Romance | The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime | Lynsey James

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When my sons were younger I used to love going out with the family on Christmas Eve to the pantomime.  It was somewhere for that excitement to be re-directed (mine and the boys!) instead of driving us mad with high jinx 🙂  The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime sounds a fabulous read.  Today, find out more about Lynsey James’ characters, the scene Lynsey enjoyed writing the most (and the hardest!) plus lots more. 

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Format: Kindle Edition

Publisher: HQ (10 Nov. 2016)


This Christmas pantomime is about to be the talk of the town!

Luna Bay’s festive preparations are well under way and the much anticipated annual pantomime is to be, once again, the highlight of the season. Too bad that the village’s very own actress and darling of Broadway, Alice Woods, isn’t feeling in the mood for Christmas.

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

Until the pantomime comes under threat and a grief-stricken Alice is forced to push her personal pain aside and step up to direct – after all, the show must go on..

So with (more than) a little help from her new found friends, not to mention one very gorgeous Hollywood A-list celebrity, the play begins to come together, but will Alice finally believe that Christmas is a time for miracles after all?


Hi Lynsey,

Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.

Please summarise The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime in 20 words or less.

Alice becomes the reluctant director of the village pantomime. That’s when things get very interesting…

What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?

I absolutely loved going to pantomimes when I was a kid, and I really wanted to write about one that goes really badly wrong! Once I had that, the rest of the characters just came along naturally.

Please tell us about the characters.

There’s Alice, who used to be a Broadway actress but gave it up when her boyfriend died. She becomes the director of the village panto in quite unexpected circumstances. Then there’s Ethan Fox, the Hollywood A-Lister who ends up in Luna Bay to escape a media scandal. Christabel Grant is the director of the pantomime and is a force to be reckoned with! Her shows are legendary in the village for how bad they are, but there’s a reason why she keeps doing them year after year. Emily and Lucy are characters from the previous two Luna Bay books, and their friendship helps Alice get her life back on track.

If you could choose to be one of those characters, which would you be Lynsey?

Ooh good question! I think I’d quite like to be Alice and not just because she gets to kiss Ethan Fox! She’s different to me in a lot of ways and I’d like to be in her shoes for a while to see how she does things. I’d probably be too scared to take over the panto in case something went disastrously wrong!

What scene did you enjoy writing the most?

I enjoyed writing the pantomime rehearsal scenes; they were a lot of fun because they always ended in disaster! Christabel’s unconventional directing techniques were fun to come up with as well.

… and the hardest?

I got really emotional writing the scenes where Alice talks to a photo of her boyfriend Jamie, who passed away before the events in the book. In some ways, she still can’t believe she’s gone and it was quite difficult writing scenes that were so sad.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be …

I’d tell Alice that she’s capable of doing a lot more than she thinks and to believe in herself a bit more. And that letting go doesn’t mean forgetting altogether.

Do you have a most creative time of day Lynsey?

I’m a night owl; I feel most creative when I’m in bed with my laptop and a good boxset! I can write in the morning, but I get way more done at night.

Panster or plotter?

I’m a panster all the way! I usually start with a rough idea of what I want to happen, then just dive in and figure the rest out as I write. I love seeing all the authors on my Facebook and Twitter who have walls full of Post It notes, but I wouldn’t know where to start!

Which authors have influenced your writing?

My favourite authors are Harriet Evans, Jane Costello, Miranda Dickinson and Cecelia Ahern. Their books combine comedy with serious themes really well, and I’d love to do that too.

Finally Lynsey, will there be more novels in the Luna Bay series?

Silver Bells is the final book in the Luna Bay series. I’m really sad to say goodbye to the setting and characters, but looking forward to working on some exciting new projects!

Wishing you success with those projects Lynsey 🙂

Thank you for being my guest.

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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