Christmas Book Festival Sunday December 6th


Get into the Festive spirit and lose yourself in a great Christmas story. We’ve got plenty for you to choose from. 

Join us for three panel discussions as your favourite writers chat about what Christmas means to them and how they get into the mood to write a festive story in the middle of summer.

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This festival, like all of those on MyVLF is FREE to attend. If you have enjoyed our events and would like to buy the team a coffee to say thank you – the team would very much appreciate it.

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11am: Christmas Books series panel

Georgina Troy is the pseudonym of USA TODAY bestselling author of The Poppy Field, Deborah Carr.

Georgina writes contemporary romance series as Georgina Troy and A Jersey Kiss (published in US/Canada as The Legacy) was a finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers and also a finalist in the RoNA 2016 Awards for the Contemporary Romance category.

Georgina’s Novel, A Jersey Kiss, is the MyVLF Book Club free read for August.

She secured a publishing contract with HarperCollins’ romance imprint, HarperImpulse for her second WW1 romance to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. The Poppy Field. As Deborah Carr she has also written the historical romance series, Mrs Boots.

Georgina was born, and still lives, in Jersey.

Vicki Beeby writes historical fiction about the friendships and loves of service women brought together by the Second World War.Her first job was as a civil engineer on a sewage treatment project, so things could only improve from there. Since then, she has worked as a maths teacher and education consultant before turning freelance to give herself more time to write.In her free time, when she can drag herself away from reading, she enjoys walking and travelling to far-off places by train. She lives in Shropshire in a house that doesn’t contain nearly enough bookshelves.

Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of eleven romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Two of them won awards at the Festival of Romance, and another was named ebook of the week in The SunThe Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK, across all genres, in January 2019, and was Amazon’s third-bestselling novel in that year. Described by Winifred Robinson of BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours as ‘the invisible bestselling author’, Nicola campaigned successfully for the introduction of ebook charts in the publishing trade press. Christmas in Cockleberry Bay is out in ebook and paperback on December 4, 2020.

She lives near Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.

Cressida McLaughlin is the bestselling author of uplifting, romantic books including The Canal Boat Café, The House of Birds and Butterflies and The Cornish Cream Tea series.

She grew up in London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in the beautiful city of Norwich with her husband David.

Apart from writing, Cressy loves terrifying ghost stories, romantic heroes and Henry Cavill.

When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

12pm: Christmas Romances panel

Milly Johnson is the international bestselling author. She’s written many novels, poetry,  is an after-dinner speaker, joke-writer, columnist. Milly was born, raised and lives in Yorkshire. She champions the strength of women and the power of kindness and hope.

Bella Osborne has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. Since then she’s written a number of best-selling romantic comedies and she’s been shortlisted three times for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

Rebecca Boxall was born in 1977 in East Sussex, where she grew up in a vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband, three children and Rodney the cat. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer’s Bureau. She is the author of Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest, Christmas by the Lighthouse and was nominated for the Romantic Novel Awards in 2020.

Rebecca’s novels have become bestsellers (two of them hitting the No. 1 spot on the UK Kindle charts), proving popular with readers interested in seasonal novels that are feel-good but touch on some serious issues too.

In October 2020 she will be releasing her latest novel, Christmas at the Farmhouse, and a festive short story, A Winter’s Day

Heidi Swain was  passionate about writing from an early age, she gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.

A lover of vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes feel good fiction with heart for Simon and Schuster.

Her debut novel, The Cherry Tree Café was published in July 2015 and since then she has had a further ten books published, becoming a Sunday Times Bestseller in 2017. She is currently celebrating the release of her 2020 festive title, The Winter Garden.

Heidi is represented by Amanda Preston and lives in Norfolk with her family and a mischievous cat called Storm.

1pm: Boldwood Books panel

Boldwood Books is an award-winning independent, global fiction publishing house launched in  2019. This panel features four of their authors:

Fay Keenan is the author of the bestselling Little Somerby series of novels. She has led writing workshops with Bristol University and has been a visiting speaker in schools. She is a full-time teacher and lives in Somerset. Fay’s new series for Boldwood began with A Place To Call Home in November 2019.

Jessica Redland lives in Scarborough on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration behind the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay – with her husband, teenage daughter and sprocker spaniel, Ella.

She’s a stationery addict with a notepad obsession who loves chocolate (although it doesn’t love her), hedgehogs, 80s music, collectible teddy bears and lighthouses.

Her career has mainly been in HR as a trainer and recruiter but, in June 2020, she became a full-time author. She’s so very grateful to anyone who has bought or borrowed her books in whatever format, helping her fulfil a long-held dream of writing full-time. She still can’t believe she gets to spend every day chatting to her fictional friends and making stuff up.

Leonie Mack is a debut novelist whose first book My Christmas Number One was published by Boldwood in September 2020. Having lived in London for many years her home is now in Germany with her husband and three children. Leonie loves train travel, medieval towns, hiking and happy endings!

Lucy Coleman always knew that one day she would write, but first life took her on a wonderful journey of self-discovery for which she is very grateful.

Family life and two extremely diverse careers later she now spends most days glued to a keyboard, which she refers to as her personal quality time.

‘It’s only when you know who you are that you truly understand what makes you happy – and writing about love, life and relationships makes me leap out of bed every morning!’

If she isn’t online she’s either playing with the kids, whose imaginations seem to know no bounds, or painting something. As a serial house mover together with her lovely husband, there is always a new challenge to keep her occupied