My Q and A with Author Ruby Basu:
1.When you were little what was your Christmas Eve ritual?
Although we celebrated Christmas in a big way when I was little, we never had any specific rituals. On Christmas Eve we would spend time together as a family, usually watching Christmas TV or a Bollywood movie. Growing up, there was never any pretence that Santa delivered our presents – we all knew my parents bought them — so there would already be a huge pile under the tree.
2. Do you think Christmas is still a family occasion filled with love and togetherness?
I definitely do! My sisters and mother usually come over to my place for Christmas and I really missed that gathering during lockdown.
3. What are your New Years Eve Rituals?
We go to the Cotswolds for New Year. My father-in-law stays with us while my sister-in-law and her family stay in a hotel nearby. We spend the day playing games – boardgames, charades, that kind of thing. We then have a big dinner. After dinner, we play more games until the New Year countdown begins.
4. Do you have a list of friends you keep in touch with only at Christmas?
No. I keep in touch with my friends throughout the year.
5. What is the most innovative Christmas ritual you have ever heard of?
I have heard that Icelanders give books to each other on Christmas Eve and then spend the rest of the evening reading them. That sounds like a wonderful tradition to have.
6. Have you ever travelled to a Christmas Market?
I’ve been to the Christmas Market at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland but that’s only an hour away from where I live.
The Twelve Wishes of Christmas
She’s here for the perfect Christmas escape…
When Sharmila discovers her late friend, Thomas, has gifted her the holiday of her dreams, she can’t pack her bags fast enough. Arriving in Pineford, it’s everything she’d ever hoped for and more.
But she’s in for another surprise, because Thomas has left her with one last request: if she completes his Christmas wish list of festive activities, her chosen charity will receive a big donation. Or so Sharmila thinks.
…He’s there to reclaim his family’s legacy
Little does she know, she’s set to inherit Thomas’s estate too, much to his nephew Zach’s disbelief. Determined not to see his family’s legacy left to a stranger, he’s come to Pineford to do whatever it takes to stop Sharmila from fulfilling that list.
When Sharmila and Zach meet, neither are prepared for sparks to fly. For Sharmila’s sworn off love, and Zach doesn’t trust her. But with every passing wish they find themselves growing closer. And amongst the twinkling town lights and fallen snow, Sharmila can feel her heart opening up to Zach. But when she learns he’s been keeping a secret from her, can Sharmila forgive him and get the happy-ever-after she’s always wished for this Christmas?
The Twelve Wishes of Christmas is the perfect book to snuggle up with on those cosy wintry nights. Perfect for fans of Heidi Swain and Jo Thomas.
Purchase Link – https://books2read.com/u/4jolxl
Ruby lives in the beautiful Chilterns with her husband, two children, and the cutest dog in the world. She worked for many years as a lawyer and policy lead in the Civil Service.
As the second of four children, Ruby connected strongly with Little Women’s Jo March and was scribbling down stories from a young age. A huge fan of romantic movies, Star Wars, and Marvel, she loves creating new characters and worlds while waiting for her superpowers to develop.
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Thank you Ruby Basu and Rachels Random Resources for allowing me to create this blog.