An interview with the wonderful Rebecca Raisin.

If there is one book publication day that we are eagerly awaiting like never before, it is July 17th, for the release of Rebecca Raisin's 'Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm.' We fell in love with Rebecca Raisin after reading her 'Gingerbread café' series, (See our Youtube channel for Gingerbread fun and also reviews over on 'Books are always in style') and have been following her ever since. Not only do her books make you feel all warm, cozy and like you are visiting friends, she also happens to be the sweetest and most wonderful person ever. We were absolutely delighted when were able to get a little interview with Rebecca for our blog and are so grateful for her taking the time out to answer these questions. So without further ado, we give you the lovely Rebecca Raisin... 

1. Where is your favourite place to write?
I have  a cute little office in the front of the house! I love it! I have all my lovely keepsakes spread over the desk, and stuck to the wall! I'm still decorating it, which is half the fun! It's all white, with lilac walls, and splashes of pink! A very girly space that I can make a mess of and no one cares!

2. Out of the books you have written which one (if any) have given you the biggest book hangover?(Taken the longest to get over or you haven’t wanted to leave the characters)
 Oh great question! They all appeal in some way, but the one I really was upset over was Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café! That was the third and final book set at the café, and I felt a real sense of loss saying goodbye to Lil and CeeCee! It was like I was say goodbye to old friends, and I genuinely was emotional! I really thought a lot about how I would leave them and hoped they'd be OK! However...they have popped into other books, since Ashford is such a small town, so I do get to catch up with them! (My family think I'm crazy! They always say, they are fictional people!)

3. Do you have a sweet tooth? If yes what is your favourite cupcake?

I have a major sweet tooth, and it's multiplied when I'm writing the books! So much glorious food! My favourite cupcake would be gingerbread! I made some last year with a very simple four or five ingredient recipe, including condensed milk, and for the topping I whipped up mascarpone and sugar, and then popped a little gingerbread man biscuit on top! They were SO good! But also good old chocolate is always a sure fire winner for me!

4. What would your item of choice be from The Gingerbread Café menu?

 Oh great question! I would love nothing more than to sit outside and slurp a gingerbread milkshake while CeeCee plied me with chocolate truffles! But CeeCee is famous for her pies, so I'd probably be a huge fan of those with a dollop of Chantilly cream!

5. Clay, Damon, Marcel or Ridge! Who would you want sweeping you off your feet?

Oh what a selection! I am 100% in love with Clay! He's gruff and moody, and closed off. He speaks in monosyllabic bursts. But there is so much more to him than meets the eye! It was so much fun writing him, and holding back showing the reader the real Clay. Plus in my mind he looks a little like Channing Tatum, so that's always good, right?

6.What do you love most about writing?

 I love imagining lives other than my own, and building a world around it. All the Ashford stories are linked, so it feels almost real, like those characters actually exist and are just waiting for me to visit! I'm always thinking about writing, even when I'm driving or washing up, and it's a wonderful gift to be able to do it everyday.

7. What is your favourite book and why?
I love so many! But I've just read Cloud Street by Tim Winton who is an Australian author who lives in Perth (where I do) and it totally blew my mind. It's an epic saga, and just so beautifully written when I finished it, I was bereft! It's a book Ill read again and again, I think. As for romance, I love Kristan Higgins! She's one of those writers that make you feel like your best friend is telling you a story, and I always fall into the pages knowing I'm going to love it.

8. You set two of your stories at Christmas time. Is this your favourite holiday? If yes, what do you love most about it? If not, what is your favourite holiday season?
I adore Christmas! More so, now I have children. Usually by mid-June they start asking how long until Santa arrives, and they pull out the tree, which I then put away when they're at school! I love how excited they get! They love reading Christmas books, and watching Christmas movies.  It's still entirely magical to them, so I'm clutching on to that as long as possible! In Australia, Christmas is our summer so the boys have seven weeks away from school, so it's Santa, then lots of sunshine and activities, and virtually no writing for me, aside from what I can sneak in!

9. Which part of the writing process do you love the most? When you first come up with an awesome idea? Writing and Planning? Editing? or when you have the final copy?
I love the first initial spark of an idea. I then pitch it to my editor and get her approval! The first part of the book seems to write itself, and then it gets hard! My favourite part is after the second round of edits, where I can just go through and tweak, and tighten it up, and really mull over each word, and make it better.

10. Where is your favourite place to read? Smiling face with smiling eyes
 In the tub! It's one of the times I get to myself, despite the kids wandering in asking for: drinks/food/help finding a movie/if they can get I relish that time! But I read everywhere! My family will watch TV and I'll read or make notes about my writing.

Thank you so very much to Rebecca Raisin for answering our questions! We are counting down the days till we can visit Maple Syrup Farm! :) Everyone go and purchase it Here!

We absolutely adored Secrets at Maple Syrup farm! You can watch our book review over on Life Is Sweet!

Follow Rebecca Raisin on twitter @jaxandwillsmum and make sure you buy all of her delightful, wonderful stories here! You will love them, we promise!! 

 Have a wonderful weekend!

Lucy and Kelly xx

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  1. I haven't read a Rebecca Raisin book yet, but I will be very soon. She seems wonderful & I lived the questions you asked :)

    1. Aww yay! :) You will love her. Her stories are so warm and yummy and perfect! :)
      Lucy xxx