Tanith Davenport first started writing seriously at 27 when she began a creative writing course with Writer’s News. Her tutor was a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, which Tanith joined under the New Writers’ Scheme. Her debut novel The Hand He Dealt was published by Total-e-Bound Publishing in June 2011 and was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award in 2012.
When not writing, Tanith loves to go to the cinema, especially to see horror movies. She also likes to read, to visit new restaurants, classical singing and studying medieval history and the paranormal. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and her two tuxedo cats.
‘Tis The Season…I am the Christmas fairy in our house. I love to shop, I love to decorate, I love seeing the lights flash in our window. I’m always the one to do the Christmas cards. I always insist on visiting our local German market. There’s nothing about the season I don’t like, even if it does tend to be accompanied by good old British wet weather.
My husband claims he hates everything about Christmas. I can see why, because he has a job which gets much more stressful at this time of year. But I suspect there’s a part of him that secretly enjoys it. He’d never admit it, but it might explain why he’ll never let me put up the Christmas lights myself. Either that or he really does think I’ll fall out the window.
But the thing I find tricky about Christmas is the publicity. There’s a lot of it about for writers, and I like to take advantage of it. Thing is, I never have anything Christmassy to promote. I’ve never written a holiday story in my life. Ghosts and trolls, fine. Christmas, nope. I’ve just never been inspired to write anything about it, and it’s a little strange.
So instead I end up promoting a story about Norwegian trollhunters and trying to make that sound appealing. Honest, it’s sexy. And I suppose the miserable weather ties in nicely with the season. But there is a distinct lack of fairy lights, candy canes or carols.
So I think I know what my plan’s going to be for New Year. Work harder and write more, obviously. But more importantly, write something seasonal. At least then I can promote it without feeling slightly uncomfortable.
Although I could just cover a troll in tinsel. That might work too..
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