LOOK LOOK LOOK!!! It’s a Christmas book!!!!
I am a giddy blogger today as I welcome Erin Green to my blog to introduce us to the main character in her new book …
Erin, thanks for joining me today, can you please introduce your character …
Nina Salloway is a farm worker at a Christmas Tree Farm in Warwickshire. Since school, her best friends have been the twins, Abraham and Zach Fielding. A complicated relationship but one which she holds dear given that she’s an only child and has never had a serious love interest. The twins’ father owns Christmas Tree Farm, so when Nina left school without qualifications he gave her a job. Nina has endured a difficult up-bringing as her dad, a lone parent, suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. Sadly, Nina now lives alone due to his death last Christmas Eve. Nina is estranged from her mother. She wants true love but doesn’t know what it looks like or how it should feel.
When did you create her?
Nina has been in my imagination for a long time. I didn’t know her name but I knew her emotional state, her personal situation, and her difficulties when it comes to true love. I feel she has patiently waited in my imagination until I created the right story for her to walk on stage.
Did you write the book to accommodate Nina, or Nina to accommodate the book?
The book’s setting suited Nina’s situation. I love Christmas but know many people who don’t for numerous reasons. I wondered could Nina avoid the festive period due to her painful bereavement and yet, work amongst Christmas trees? I wanted to explore Nina’s story alongside two other females also experiencing situations at Christmas time.
What do you like most about her?
Nina has courage, in a quiet and determined manner. Every day is a struggle but she’s doing what needs to be done hoping that one day her outlook is brighter and her grief lifts. She relies heavily on the twins to act as family, brothers, friends, and co-workers – which complicates their triangular relationship.
What do you like least about her?
Nina seems unable to make decisions or know what she truly wants in life. She listens to others describe their ‘loves’ or ‘desires’ and latches onto what she might expect or receive. I’d like her to focus until she feels secure instead she’s left feeling pressured by others.
Did your early readers/editorial team like Nina to start with or did you have to change her in any way?
I believe the team liked Nina’s story but some scenes were cut from the original draft to make the story lines tighter. Early readers have loved the story and I’ve received lots of touching emails regards how they have related in experience to the three women’s stories.
Does she have similarities with anyone real?
A small part of Nina relates to me. My father had multiple sclerosis when I was growing up so, I know how it feels to live with the shadow of illness lingering about your family.
What are your plans for her?
Telling you the plans might ruin the story for readers – which I would hate to do. I’m a sucker for a happy ending so I’ll say that Nina’s Christmas isn’t anything she’d hoped for but I don’t think she’d swap it, given the chance.
Would you be friends in real life?
Absolutely! I think I would admire Nina’s resilience to keep plodding on, helping customers to prepare for their perfect Christmas whilst secretly dreading its approach. I’d want to give her a loving squeeze on the difficult days and a gentle nudge in the right direction when chances come her way. I’d definitely let Nina phone me at two in the morning if a crisis occurred and she needed a shoulder to cry on.
Additional info: The book is dedicated: ‘to that precious moment when your stomach flips’ because such beautiful moments happen when we least expect them. Be it the darkest moments of grief/depression, the happiest day of your life or simply buying a latte in Costa Coffee – none of us know when or where but it can’t be ignored!
Nina sounds brilliant! I’d love to work on a Christmas tree farm!
Thanks again for joining me, Erin! And huge thanks to Aria Fiction for inviting me onto the tour. You can keep up with the rest of it at the following blogs, keep an eye out for some great extracts and reviews!
If you’d like to get to know Nina, The Magic of Christmas Tree Farm is out now, here’s the blurb …
The scent of pine fills the crisp air as local villagers select their perfect tree. Picking the tree is the easy bit, creating a perfect Christmas is a bit trickier…
Nina has the most magical job in the world, matching customers with their perfect Christmas tree. Working at Christmas Tree Farm is always fun and full of laughter but the weight of past tragedy bears down on her. Her admirer is a great distraction, but is he the right man for her?
Holly is just trying to be a normal teenager, having to deal with the mean girls in her class. But then the most handsome boy at school takes an interest in her. Have all her Christmases come at once?
Angie is trying to bring her family together and save her broken marriage. It’s not something she can force, but it’s the only gift she craves. Will her Christmas wish come true?
It’s the season of goodwill, and at Christmas Tree Farm anything could happen…
You can get your copy now!
About the author …
Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education.
She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!
Erin writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.