Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Interview with Marlow Kelly

1. Do you have a family Christmas tradition?
On a cold, dark evening just before Christmas we climb in the car and drive around our small town, playing Christmas music and enjoying the Christmas lights. Then when we’ve absorbed enough Christmas spirit we all go to Tim Horton’s (A coffee shop for those of you who aren’t Canadian) for a hot chocolate.

2. What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Once when I was very young it snowed on Christmas Day. Growing up in England we never saw snow, and it made that Christmas special. We played outside in the white stuff all day. My Dad was always generous with his time. He came outside with us and helped us build a snowman. I remember him pulling us on a sleigh. I think he pieced it together from an old pram because we didn’t own one.

3. What are you looking forward to about Christmas?
All of us being together, warm and cozy, in our little house. We’ll watch some movies, eat and laugh. What more could we want.

4. Do you decorate the outside of your house at Christmas? 
Yes, but only a little. On out deck I have a string of lights and two light-up reindeer.

5. What type of decorations do you put on your tree?
Family ones. You know, the decorations the kids made in kindergarten. The ones they made when Grandma came to stay. My tree’s a mess, but it’s full of wonderful memories.

6. What are some of your favourite Christmas songs?
My top favourite is O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Enya, but I like all the traditional ones. We don’t have a fireplace so I purchased a DVD that has a fireplace and plays Christmas carols.

7. What is your favourite Christmas movie? 
I have three favourite Christmas movies: 1. The Last Holiday – with Queen Latifah 2. The Holiday – with Cameron Diaz 3. Die Hard – The first movie with Bruce Willis

8. What’s on your Christmas menu? 
Cinnamon rolls and banana bread for breakfast. For lunch there’ll be mini-quiches, cheese and crackers, and fruit. We have the traditional turkey dinner in the evening

Tell us a little about yourself.
After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. Her need to write about strong women in crisis drives her stories and her curiosity regarding the lives and loves of historical figures are the inspiration for her characters.
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  1. Dear Marlow: sounds like you have a beautiful Christmas planned. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is one of my favorite holidays songs too.
    All the best in 2015

  2. We drive around the neighborhood too, checking out the lights. I'm adding your idea of stopping at Tim's on the way home...an excellent idea! Your holiday traditions sound wonderful.

  3. Gini, it's so cool that you like Enya too. I don't know anyone else who does. My family groans when I play the Enya Christmas CD

  4. Darlene, Oh yes, we have to have our Tim Hortons. What could be better on a cold night.

  5. Hey, how lovely to have snow at Xmas. I'd love to say we're looking forward to a BBQ by the pool here in NZ, but forecast suggests we'll be huddled around a fire hoping summer might arrive before 2015 does. Enjoy the lights and your hot chocolate