Hi Laura, and thanks so much for inviting me to share with your readers! Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses is a cosy Christmas read and the third book in my romance series known as ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’. It continues the adventures of Maisie Clark, an aspiring author who follows her writing dreams across the Pond to a quaint Cornish hotel by the sea. Readers can expect a festive, feel-good read, as Maisie and the rest of the staff at the Penmarrow prepare to host an ice sculpting competition at the historic hotel.
Are you able to tell me a little about what you’re currently working on?
Currently, I’m working on the edits for Book Four in the series, The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise. It features a daring heist, an unexpected secret, and a romantic crossroads that Maisie never expected!
When you begin a novel, what do you focus on first?
Hmmmm. I think it varies from project to project, but I tend to focus first on the central plotline or event that kicks off the story. Then the characters tend to develop alongside the twists and turns in the plot that help to bring the whole story together.
Which songs would be on a playlist for Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses?
Christmas songs! I have everything from classic to modern on my holiday music playlists, so it could feature anything from Bing Crosby to Mariah Carey songs.
What is your idea of a perfect Christmas?
How do you approach the editing process and what is the biggest mistake that new writers make do you think?
Editing for me involves trying to look at the manuscript from a reader’s perspective to make sure the story flows well and that the character’s motivations seem convincing and so on. As far as new writer’s tackling the process, I think it’s easy to make the mistake of feeling you need to over explain certain things to the reader, and therefore find yourself adding unnecessary details that slow down the plot.
Jane Austen is one of my all-time favourites, and I find her struggles as a writer to be rather inspirational.
What book made the biggest impact on you once you’d read it?
Wow, that’s a really hard question! There are so many books that I love and books that have stuck with me because they raised thought-provoking questions. But as far as a favourite book that I read over and over simply out of a deep affection for it, that would be Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
Do you have any advice for someone who might have writers block?
Taking a small break from it is usually what helps me the most, whether it’s working in my garden or watching a favourite television show. That way I’m not staring at the blank screen getting more and more discouraged!
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever had?
It might be a little cliché, but ‘write what you love’ is a piece of advice that seems to make a huge difference. If you love something about the story you’re putting on paper it will be a better experience for both you and the reader then if you’re writing something purely for marketability, I think.
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
About Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses (A Little Hotel in Cornwall Book 3)
Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel’s ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.
Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.
But is that what’s really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie’s time, which comes as a surprise to no one who’s seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life … and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.
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