Welcome to author Suzie Tullet who has dropped by to tell us about her novel A Not So Quiet Christmas and to give us the lowdown on one of her characters.
While we're waiting for your guest to arrive, Suzie, can you tell us a little about your book?
Antonia prefers a quiet Christmas. She’s happy to spend it on her own, watching Hallmark movies in her pyjamas, eating what she wants when she wants. This year though, Antonia’s best friend Jules needs a favour. One that involves Antonia leaving London to spend the holidays in a remote Yorkshire Dales village.City girl Antonia is reluctant to leave London. Not because of the high life on offer, but because of the anonymity it affords her. And arriving at the little Dales cottage it soon becomes apparent that her fears are justified; being a wallflower isn’t an option. Thanks to handsome property agent Oliver, various quirky locals, and the embarrassing situations that Antonia keeps finding herself in, Antonia has no choice but to take centre stage. It’s a story about a woman stepping out of her comfort zone and learning how that can be a positive thing.
Who will you be inviting for a cocktail, Suzie, and why?
I’d invite Antonia. She has such a fascinating character. Strong, confident, and not afraid to speak her mind, but thanks to experience she chooses to live life from the sideline. It’s an interesting contrast that would make for great conversation.
What will they be wearing?
As someone who avoids mixing with people at every opportunity, Antonia isn’t really into dressing to impress. She’s very casual about her appearance. Her wardrobe is as limited as her lifestyle. She’ll probably be wearing jeans, a sweater, and most definitely her trusty Dr Martens.
What will they order from the cocktail menu?
She’s partial to a glass or two of sauvignon blanc, so would order something like a Brancott Berry. As well as her favoured wine, this cocktail includes strawberries and lemon. The sweet and sour elements could easily represent the two opposing sides of Antonia’s personality, a fact that I’m sure wouldn’t be wasted on her.
How will they react if the waiter spills their drink on them?
Antonia would be fine. She’s had far worse things happen to her; a spilt drink is nothing in comparison. She’d be more worried about the waiter than herself.
What can they tell you that will make you stay for a second drink?Whether she’ll choose to return to the bustling city and spend Christmas alone? Or whether she’ll choose love and life and have a not so quiet Christmas?
A Not So Quiet Christmas by Suzie Tullet
Published by Bloodhound Books, October 2021
Available to buy here: mybook.to/notsoquietchristmas
Facebook: Suzie Tullett (Author) | Facebook
Time for one more...
While she was with us, Suzie kindly gave us the recipe for A Brancott Berry which sounds delicious and we'll definitely be adding it to our cocktail menu!
3 parts Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc
(or Chardonnay or Pinot Gris)3 strawberries, chopped
1 part Gin (like Beefeater or Beefeater 24)
Agave nectar to taste
Juice of ¼ of a lemon
Grnish: strawberry slice
In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle the strawberries in the lemon and agave nectar. Add remaining ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain over ice into a wine glass. Garnish with strawberry slice on the rim of the glass.