Sunday, 21 December 2014

Festive Guest Post: Xmas Q&A with ....Author Paige Toon

Paige Toon was born in 1975 and grew up between England, Australia and America. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women’s magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge.
The Longest Holiday is her seventh book.
Thirteen Weddings & The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson are out now!!
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Q) When do you normally get in the Festive spirit?
As soon as it's 1 December, the Christmas songs come out and the decorations go up! I resist doing it any earlier – prior to this we've had Halloween and bonfire night to contend with...

Q) What is a family tradition you like to have or do at Christmas?
If we're in Australia with my parents and extended family, we always go for a walk in the park. It's usually very hot! The last time we were in England, we took the kids to a local nativity play – I'm sure it will be family tradition from now on.

Q) Favourite past Christmas?
I think it might have been a couple of years ago, which was the last one we spent in England. Six of my Aussie rellies – parents, brother and sister-in-law, uncle and partner all came over from Australia. We went to a nativity play where the youngest child in the village played Jesus, there were Christmas carols and even a donkey! On Boxing Day we went to Granchester to watch the barrel rolling - bizarre but so much fun!

Q) Do you love buying/wrapping gifts and seeing everybodys face's on Christmas Day?
Buying and wrapping presents can be pretty stressful – especially as I'm usually on deadline around this time of year. But for once, I've been pretty organised and I've already got a bunch. Still have to wrap them, but it'll be fine... I absolutely love seeing people's faces though – it makes it all worthwhile.

Q) Favourite Christmas Book?
We've got loads on the shelf. My kids' favourite is currently How Santa Really Works - it's a pop-up book and shows you behind the scenes stuff like the elves making the pressies. Very cute.

Q) What is it like on Christmas Day for you & your family?
Very traditional, whether we're in Australia with my parents or here in the UK with my husband's family. We always wake up, open presents, help in the kitchen and then sit down to a traditional turkey roast. Afterwards it's Christmas telly and general lazing around and boozing!

Q) When do you normally put your Christmas tree up?
Usually in the first week of December, although sometimes we get a tree in the last weekend of November, and then we have to pretend that it's not dead when Christmas rolls around...

Q) Favourite Christmas Movie?
Bad Santa cracked me up, and I liked Elf, too. It's not one I'd watch with my kids, though! They really enjoyed Arthur Christmas - I'd watch that again.

!!Festive Giveaway Time!!
Lovely Paige Toon is offering a signed copy of The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson


  1. I haven't read many of Paige's books, but I really enjoyed One Perfect Summer. and look forward to reading this :)

  2. So far I have read only one book by Paige Toon,but I'm looking forward to read more books from P.T :)

    Thanks for the great post and giveaway! :)