Hello everybody, and welcome to the 18th day of blogmas. Today, I have a Q and A with Katy Cannon, author of Love, Lies and Lemon Pies (among other great books too, but I like to mention LLALP as much as possible since I love it so much 😉).
Onto the post!
Hi Katy! Thank you so much for being here!
1. Love, Lies and Lemon Pies was your first YA book. Was there any particular inspiration behind it?
I was actually eating cake with my agent, Gemma, in a local coffee shop, talking about ideas for a new book. I wanted something that resonated with my own interests, and I was doing a lot of baking with my daughter at the time (it was at the height of the Great British Bake Off’s popularity) so Gemma suggested a school Bake Club. We started brainstorming around that, and suddenly I had a whole book’s worth of ideas!
2. The book balances a more serious side and fun so well. Was it difficult to get this just right?
There’s always a balancing act in all books, and I never get it right the first time! As with all things in writing, it takes a lot of revising and editing to get the balance right. But it’s always worth it in the end, when the book works.
3. I`m going to be very mean, seeing how hard I`d find it to answer this! Who`s your favourite member of Bake Club?
I think my favourite is Jasper, because he reminds me of my youngest brother.
4. This is another tough one. What`s your favourite scene of the book, and why?
That one is tough – especially since I haven’t read it for a long time! But I think probably the scene with Mac and Lottie outside on the trampoline at Grace’s party.
5. Was it fun to return to these characters for Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines? Would you ever write more stories in the Bake Club world?
It was so much fun! And I loved seeing the world through Grace’s eyes for a change, too. I also loved going back to write Jasper’s Christmas short story – Love, Lies and Mince Pies. As for any more stories in the Bake Club world… well, I’m off to Paris next week, so maybe there’ll be a short story of Lottie and Mac in Paris yet!
6. Before the quickfire round, can you say a little bit about your story in I`ll Be Home for Christmas and why you wrote it?
My story, Christmas, Take Two, is about Heather, who is spending her first Christmas at her Dad’s new house with his new girlfriend and her family. For me, home always means family, but families come in so many forms that I wanted to explore a little bit how we can make any family home – biological, adoptive, step or half family, or just the family that we choose. As long as we have people on our side whoever they are, we have a home.
Hogwarts house? (they have amazing Christmas scenes, plus I love asking people this!)
Favourite food to eat?
Risotto. It’s my ultimate comfort food.
Would you rather meet a penguin or a polar bear?
Favourite Christmas film?
The Muppets’ Christmas Carol.
Favourite Christmas song?
Carol of the Bells (note: this is my fave one too! And no one has ever heard of it, so I love that this is Katy’s too!)
Your Christmas traditions?
Too many to name in a Quickfire round! But my favourite is Boat Sunday – the day my whole extended family go out for dinner before Christmas, and then we all sing Christmas songs together.
Thank you so much for reading! Are you a Katy Cannon fan too? Do you like Carol of the Bells? 😉. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl, I’d love to hear from you!