today we have the pleasure to welcome lovely Maxine Morrey to our blog. Maxine is the author of ‘Winter’s Fairytale’, which is her debut and will be released tomorrow by CarinaUK. As you already know, we do love Christmas books and are so excited for Maxine’s book. We will be reviewing ‘Winter’s Fairytale’ soon, so stay tuned for our thoughts. But we’re absolutely in love with the cover! Happy early publication day to lovely Maxine and big thanks for visiting our blog. Read on for her post, and as always, find the pre-order links bellow.
Thanks so much for inviting me to write a guest post on your lovely blog!
I’d love to take the opportunity of introducing you, and your readers to the characters in my new book, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.
The first half of ‘Winter’s Fairytale’ is set in London. It’s my favourite city and one I know quite well so it was definitely fun to use that as the backdrop – and almost as another character. London always has an incredible vibrancy about it, but especially at Christmas when all the decorations and lights are up. I always make sure I have a good wander around various different areas in order to see what they’ve done this year! I love it!
When it comes to the main characters, the story centres around Izzy Bryant and Rob Winchester. Izzy is a bridal wear designer who’s just been left standing at the altar, and ex-soldier Rob is the groom’s best man. He’s also the person who has to deliver the news that the groom isn’t turning up. Let’s just say Izzy doesn’t take it too well initially!
I loved creating Izzy and incorporating little touches to add to her personality, like her addiction to vertiginous heels! She’s a very kind and caring person, and incredibly empathetic. She works really hard and has a drive to make her business a success but never forgets to make time for those she loves. Izzy has quite an emotional personality, and she’s got a strength of character that she can draw on when she needs it, whether that’s to help herself or someone else. She’s definitely no pushover!
Rob was great fun to come up with – there are worse ways to spend your day than by dreaming up a gorgeous hero! He’s intelligent, kind, cheeky and extremely easy on the eyes. He’s very close to his family and has a younger sister whom he adores. By nature, Rob’s very protective, but not in an overbearing way. He just wants those he cares about to be safe and happy and sort of feels a responsibility to make that happen – even though it’s just simply not always possible. He’s very grounded and used to assessing and being in control so it’s difficult for him when there’s a situation he can’t ‘fix’.
In Izzy and Rob, I wanted to create a heroine that women would want to be friends with, and a hero that they’d fall in love with. I really hope I’ve managed to achieve that. I absolutely loved telling their story, so my Christmas wish is that people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a young bookworm!
As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. Finally, she really decided to go for it, and wrote. Really wrote. And after a while she had a bunch of articles, and a non fiction book to her name. But her real love is writing novels and the magical escapism it affords – for both writer and reader. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through as the publishers succumbed to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.
In August 2015, she won Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition. Her first romantic comedy from HarperCollins (Carina UK) ‘Winter’s Fairytale’ is due out in November and is available for pre order now.
Maxine lives in Sussex, England with her husband and when not wrangling with words, can be found adding to her To Be Read pile, sewing, walking and wondering when they are going to invent a robot for ironing.