Interview with Jennifer Faye, Author of A Seaside Bookshop Christmas

07 Nov 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write A Seaside Bookshop Christmas?

It’s never just one thing that inspires me to write a book. Rather it’s a bunch of little things that come together in my imagination to create the idea for a book. It’s as close to magic as I’ve ever come and so much fun to see the final results.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of A Seaside Bookshop Christmas, what would they be?

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I like to read all sorts of things from romantic suspense to fantasy to sweet romance and other genres in between. I guess the one theme that runs through all of those reads is romance. There’s something special about falling in love and it’s why I love to write sweet contemporary romances. And when you add in secondary characters, it makes it all the more special.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

This past year I’ve started reading a number of books at the same time. It’s fun to bounce from book to book. Let me check my e-reader. Hm… – Wildwood Lodge by Jennifer Griffith – A Very Country Christmas by Zara Stoneley – Silenced in Sequins by Debra Sennefelder – Frozen Souls by Rita Herron

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

There were many scenes that gave me great pleasure to write but if I have to pick just one, it would be the resolution—the way the hero and heroine found their way back to each other. It was very touching and revealed so much about them.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I have an eighteen-year-old cat. I affectionately refer to her as Writer Kitty. Since I became a professional writer, she has sat me and held me down as I write each and every book. She’s very special and I love her a lot.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Live and let live.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I would like them to remember the happiness they felt when they read my book.


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