Christmas Fun Time with Author Bella Osborne

This year, for my Christmas feature, I've invited several authors and book bloggers for a fun Christmas Interview. My next guest is author Bella Osborne:

Hi Bella and welcome to Alba in Bookland. First of all, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi Alba, Thank you for having me on your blog today, it’s lovely to be here. I live in Warwickshire, England with my husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog and I write romantic comedy novels that have a bit of a gritty side too.

You have a new story, Ottercombe Bay, out later this month of December. I see it's the first part of a serialised novel. Tell us a bit about what it'll be about.
My fourth novel ‘Ottercombe Bay’ is set in a fictional Devon seaside town. It’s the story of Daisy who is forced to return to Ottercombe Bay when a relative leaves her something unusual in their will. As the place where her mother died the town holds sad memories as well as a number of questions for Daisy, so she must come to terms with her past before she can make something of her future. With a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with lots of attitude, there’s more to the sleepy town than Daisy remembers.

Ottercombe Bay is being released as a four part e-book serial. Part one is out 28th December with the others following at six week intervals and the paperback of the whole story will be published summer 2018.

Now that Christmas is fast approaching, let's talk Christmas presents. Have you bought all your presents already or you'll have to squeeze a last minute shopping trip on Christmas' Eve?
I’m a big forward planner so my Christmas shopping is all done, there’s just the wrapping to do which is the part I really love. There’s nothing more festive than sitting down by the fire with a glass of Baileys and a Christmas film whilst being knee-deep in wrapping paper and bows! And I usually have a the cat to ‘help’ me too!

Which book is on top of your wish list this year? 
There’s a few on my list this Christmas but I think the one I’ve been itching to read is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, because everyone’s been talking about it this year.

Is there a movie or a book you always revisit during the holidays? 
Yes! I always watch Love Actually (I’m a huge Richard Curtis fan) and Home Alone on the run up to Christmas. I also love to dig out the Royle Family Christmas Specials because they are so funny and I really miss the series.

Who's your Favourite Christmas Villain from these? 
- The Grinch
- The angry elf in Elf
- Old Man Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life
- Scrooge in a Christmas Carol
That’s a tricky one but I’ll go with Scrooge because he’s such a Christmas icon and it’s a story I enjoy whether it’s reading the book, watching the black and white Alastair Sim film or the Muppets musical version.

And finally, if you could spend Christmas with a fictional character, who would you pick?
That would have to be Harry Potter, who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas at Hogwarts and have a jumper knitted by Mrs Weasley?

Many thanks for having me on the blog. Here’s wishing you and all your followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thank you so much Bella for stopping by and sharing some Christmas cheer with us! 

Connect with Bella Osborne:
Twitter: @osborne_bella
Facebook: Bella Osborne

About the Book:

Author: Bella Osborne
Published: December 28th 2017 by Avon

Blurb: Escape to the Devon coast, with Part One of a brand-new four-part serial from the author of Willow Cottage.

Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

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