Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Christmas on the Cornish Isles: The Driftwood Inn

Series: The Cornish Isles #1
Release Date: 18th September 2017
Publisher: Avon
Genres:Women's Fiction

I am absolutely thrilled to welcome the lovely Phillipa Ashley to the blog with an author interview as part of the blog tour for CHRISTMAS ON THE LITTLE CORNISH ISLES - The Driftwood Inn. Yes we are talking Christmas books on the blog! Before we find out a little more about Phillipa, lets find out about the book first! 

Christmas has arrived on the Cornish Isles of Scilly, bringing mistletoe, surprises and more than a sprinkle of romance . . . Fans of Poldark and Carole Matthews will love this brand-new festive read from the author of the bestselling Cornish Café series.

For Maisie Samson, this Christmas is going to be different. After years working in a busy Cornish pub, she’s moved back to quiet Gull Island where she grew up, to help her parents run the family inn.

But even though she can’t wait for the festive season to arrive, Maisie cannot shake the memories of what happened to her last Christmas – the day she lost everything. She keeps herself busy, setting up the tree and hanging mistletoe ready for her first proper family Christmas in years.

Until a new arrival to the island walks into her bar and changes everything. Australian backpacker Patrick is looking for a job for the low season. When Maisie takes him on, she doesn’t expect him to last the week, but to her surprise Patrick is the perfect fit. Charming and handsome, could Maisie allow herself to hope that she and Patrick could be more than just colleagues?

As Christmas approaches, Maisie finds herself dreading the spring, when Patrick is due to leave. With the help of a little Christmas magic, can Maisie get the happily ever after she always dreamed of?

Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles is the perfect book to snuggle up with this Christmas. 


Do you write under your real name or is this a pen name you use?

Yes and no. It’s my maiden name.

Where are you from?

I live in a small village near Lichfield which was in the news in 2009 when an amazing hoard of Anglo Saxon gold was found here.

List 3 interesting facts about yourself.

I love bodyboarding and I’ve had numerous surf lessons but I’ve only ever stood up once.

My debut novel, Decent Exposure, was made into a TV movie and I took my family to visit the set in Canada.

Aidan Turner smiled and waved at me on the set of Poldark (At least I think he was waving at me not telling me to go away 😊)

What was the first thing you ever had published?

I won a runners’ up prize in a Daily Mirror Children’s Writing Competition when I was 8.

Do you have a writing routine?

I try to get lots of words done from early morning until I run out of steam at lunchtime, then get outside before a second writing session.

Do you have any writing rituals? 

Biscuits and heaps of tea and coffee.

Where did the idea for your most recent book come from?

Sitting on an idyllic beach outside a small pub on one of the smaller Isles of Scilly.

Who was the first person you shared your book with? 

My agent, then my editor and then Hilary, the friend whose Facebook photos of Scilly inspired my first visit in 2014.

Do you have a current work in progress?

Yes! Spring in the Little Cornish Isles.

Do you have any advice for budding authors?

Nothing original except for ‘be original’ – in other words write what inspires and excites you. Also, never ever ever give up.


Phillipa Ashley writes warm, funny romantic fiction for a variety of world-famous international publishers.

After studying English at Oxford, she worked as a copywriter and journalist. Her first novel, Decent Exposure, won the RNA New Writers Award and was made into a TV movie called 12 Men of Christmas starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins. As Pippa Croft, she also wrote the Oxford Blue series – The First Time We Met, The Second Time I Saw You and Third Time Lucky.

Phillipa lives in a Staffordshire village and has an engineer husband and scientist daughter who indulge her arty whims. She runs a holiday-let business in the Lake District, but a big part of her heart belongs to Cornwall. She visits the county several times a year for ‘research purposes’, an arduous task that involves sampling cream teas, swimming in wild Cornish coves and following actors around film shoots in a camper van. Her hobbies include watching Poldark, Earl Grey tea, Prosecco-tasting and falling off surf boards in front of RNLI lifeguards.

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One Response so far.

  1. But did you wave back? *Faints*! Love this, Phillipa! Keep doing what you do, lovely. You do it so well! :) xx

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