It seems strange interviewing myself, but hello, I’m Marcie Steele. My latest book, The Man Across The Street is on preorder now. Here is a little bit about it.
Maybe I’m scared to be happy…
Meet Hannah – she’s been her mum’s sole carer since she was eighteen. Now alone after Martha’s sudden death, Hannah feels lost in the only place she’s known as home, Hope Street. Coming up to a milestone birthday, she’s wondering what her purpose in life is.
Meet Doug – a workaholic, he’s in the office from dusk ’til dawn, and also when he has a heart attack. Now on the mend, he needs to de-stress his life and focus on living it, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Doug moves to Hope Street, number 35. Hannah lives at number 34, directly opposite. From the moment they meet, there’s a spark.
But there are secrets too. Hannah’s mum has been keeping something from her, her sister upped and left over twenty years ago, and there can’t be such a simple reason why Doug has moved to Somerley. Can there?
What was the idea behind it?
The Man Across the Street is the first of a new series. It features a host of characters living on Hope Street in the market town of Somerley, also featured in The Somerley Series.
I’ve started a new series because I wanted to write about characters who live in the same street. They’re all friends and neighbours and every book will feature a different character, with a standalone story. Each one is coming up to a big birthday, from sweet sixteen to eighty years young. It also means the books can be read in whichever order you like.
What would be your main character’s perfect Christmas?
Hannah would love to spend Christmas with her sister but as she hasn’t seen Olivia since she left home when she was 18, she knows that’s unlikely. So she would go to the Hope & Anchor pub with friends on Christmas Eve and then spend Christmas Day with her friend Phoebe, and her family, who live in Hope Street at number 41.
Doug would spend Christmas with his brother Alex and his family. He’d think about his children who live in Australia with their mum and spend Christmas night in the peace and quiet of his own home. But his mind would already be thinking about work.
What is your favourite Christmas tradition?
It has to be putting up the tree while listening to Christmas songs and drinking Baileys. Oh, and watching something Christmassy – there is so much to choose from nowadays.
What is your favourite Christmas film?
Without a doubt Home Alone – closely followed by Love, Actually and Elf. Home Alone is such a classic film – ‘keep the change, you filthy animal!’ It makes me giggle each year, even though I know most of the words to it and what’s going to happen next.
What is the one book that you would like to see wrapped up under the Christmas tree for yourself this year?
I loved The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary so much that I’m looking forward to her new book, The Switch. I’d love to read that over the Christmas break, but sadly it isn’t out until April next year.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I’m an eighties girl and loved Wham! so it’s always Last Christmas for me. Do They Know It’s Christmas always brings back memories too.
What’s your best Christmas tipple and snack?
Have I mentioned Baileys? It has to be a glass of the original for me, alongside a few sections of a chocolate orange.
What’s your poison – high heels or flats?
As this is my blog, I’m going to say I have two favourites. The first are these towers by Ted Baker. I bought them when I published She Did It (as Mel Sherratt). They are my ‘car to pub’ shoes – only worn when I don’t have to walk far! But I adore them. I reckon with high heels and lippie on, I can conquer almost anything.
I am a huge lover of Michael Kors so these boots were a treat when I published my first novel in the DS Grace Allendale Series (as Mel Sherratt).
I always like to treat myself to a gift when I publish a book. It’s such a huge challenge to write, edit and publish a story so it’s nice to have something to remember it by.
JOIN IN THE FUN WITH Marcie Steele’S Christmas Advent Event.
From December 1 through to December 23 there will be guest blog posts by women’s fiction authors, and a few other posts too. I used to run a blog called High Heels and Book Deals – the last question was always ‘what’s your poison – high heels or flats?’ I thought it would be fun to bring this back. I asked 23 authors if they would take part in a Christmas version and they all said yes.
The event itself has a Facebook page where there will be a chance to win a Marcie goodie bag every day of the event.
There will also be three larger prizes, one per week, and I’ll no doubt do some spot prizes too.
I do hope you will come and join in the fun.