Time for a chat: Maxine Morrey!

It is an absolute honor for us when we get to interview wonderful authors. Our author love list has been getting longer and longer over the past few years and we now have so many incredible people we look up to and admire. Last Christmas I couldn't wait to get curled up in bed and dive in to the book I was reading. I was grinning from ear to ear and my heart was filled with that warmth that bookworms get when reading something so enchanting. And it was all thanks to the lovely lady we have on the blog today, Maxine Morrey. Her delightful read 'The Christmas Project' made me so happy and getting to interview her was a joy. So, grab a cuppa and a biscuit or two because it's time for a chat with Maxine! :) Enjoy!

First and foremost, what made you want to become a writer? Where did it all begin for you?

I’ve always loved reading and I think wanting to create my own stories just stemmed from there. I’ve been scribbling tales and thinking up plots and characters in my head for as long as I can remember. But it was a long time before I realised – and actually believed -  that this was something ‘normal’ people like me could actually do.

Being that you are a bookworm, we must ask, what is your most favourite book ever?

Gah! Impossible question! If I have to really pick, it would probably be…arrgh…Persuasion by Jane Austen. I love all of her books! Jane Eyre is a favourite of mine too. But I have modern authors I’ll read over and over again. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is great and I’ve read some of those several times. They’re fun, easy reads and good for just escaping into without having to concentrate too deeply.

Do you have a ‘go to’ spot for writing your gorgeous books?

I don’t, no. I generally write on my lap on the sofa, or sometimes in bed if it’s chilly! I do scoot out to caf├ęs sometimes as getting a change of scenery can be a good thing – and it’s also a good way of not getting distracted by household chores and losing previous writing time by ‘just popping the washing on’, etc.

When you are writing do you like to have snacks and drinks around you? If so, what is your writing fuel beverage/snack of choice?

I just tend to have water throughout the day but I do reward myself with a huge mug of tea or two at times. There may, or may not be, chocolate involved at those points…

I absolutely adored your book ‘The Christmas Project’, Kate and Michael were a delight to read and I fell in love with them straight away. With Kate being a professional organizer, I must know, do you like to organize? Would you say you are an organized person?

Ha! Well, I try to be, put it that way! I used to be a PA so it was a pretty important aspect to the job. I am trying to get a bit more organised at home though – it’s actually where the idea for The Christmas Project came from. Work and life rather took over though and it’s still not done! I have great intentions though. I’m just doing it bit by little bit, and it will gradually add up. I hope!

Furthermore, Michael was swoon worthy in every possible way, I loved him. Will we be meeting him and Kate again? *Closes eyes and wishes the answer to be yes*

Oh gosh, thank you so much! I’m really glad you liked him! I thoroughly enjoyed writing him and Kate, and their interactions, but I don’t have any plans to revisit him at present. (Sorry!) But hey, never say never!

‘The Christmas Project’ was such a perfect Christmas read, what is your favourite holiday?

To be honest, ‘Holidays’ are not something I tend to think about too much as my OH and I both have jobs which don’t adhere to the usual routine. I guess bearing in my mind the theme of my books, I ought to just say Christmas, shouldn’t I? *Oops!*

We know you are a fan of podcasts, what kind do you like to listen to and do you have any recommendations?

Oh yes, I love my podcasts! I listen to a variety of subjects. Of course, I listened to ‘Serial’ – I’m hoping they go back to doing it weekly for Series 3 – the fortnight wait was a killer! My absolute favourite is ‘Astonishing Legends’ and I highly recommend it. Another fun one in the same vein is called ‘Pints and Puzzles’ (don’t let the pints bit put you off!). I also like Dawn O’Porter’s ‘Get It On’. I have a couple of history ones in the list, and I’ve just discovered that TED talks do one too so I’ve been listening to some of those this week. Of course, there are a couple of writing ones which are good for inspiration  – and also for knowing you’re not alone in your worries about writing stuff. A great one for this is aptly called ‘The Worried Writer’ by Sarah Painter.

When not working on your lovely stories, what do you like to do?

Read, obviously! I’ve always loved going for walks but fairly recently joined a gym so I’ve been enjoying being able to do stuff up there too, even when the weather is vile. I enjoy sewing too - although it feels like forever since I’ve done any! I really need to sort something out though as I’m in desperate need of some new clothes!

We love travel here on the blog and finding new and exciting, fun places to visit. Are you a homebody or do you have the travel bug? Ooh and do you have any favourite spots in your hometown for book shopping, grabbing a coffee or that would make the perfect foodies heaven?

Oh, I definitely love to travel! Unfortunately I don’t get to do it anywhere near as much as I’d like. I’d happily be scooting off somewhere every other month if I could! I’ve been lucky enough to see some amazing places in the past and there are still plenty of places on my ‘would love to visit’ list, in this country and across the world.

My home town is a very small village so there’s not really much of anything here!

However, the city of Brighton isn’t too far from me and there are some fab restaurants and delicious cake venues in and around its famous Lanes.

Thank you so much Maxine for taking the time to answer our questions and be a part of our blog, we loved reading your answers! :)

Be sure to go follow Maxine over on
Twitter: @scribbler_maxi
Instagram: scribbler_maxi
and check out her gorgeous books available on Amazon.

Happy reading!


  1. I didn't know her but it was so nice to read this interview :) have a wonderful week!! xx


    1. Aww thank you Aisha! You should check out her books! The Christmas Project is one of my favourites! :)

      Buona settimana! xxxx