Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Christina Hollis: Thank Goodness For Holidays…

This year started with a bang for me. First, I was asked to write Women Of Bristol for publisher Pen And Sword’s major series on women’s lives between 1850-1950. Then a few weeks later, my crime novel Love Lies Bleeding was accepted by Endeavour. That’s great news, but it means I’m researching and writing non-fiction at the same time I’m trying to create a follow-up to Love Lies Bleeding. Dead Woman Walking is slowly taking shape in the odd moments when I take a break from Women Of Bristol.

OH timed a week’s holiday to include the recent Bank Holiday, and was going to spend it working on the house.  Then the rain stopped, and we had some fine, dry weather. It was too good to waste, so we both escaped into the open air for once. The first thing we did was to go out for our 2016 Christmas dinner. Yes, really! I love partying but OH hates it, so the deal is I drag him to his office’s Christmas party each year, then treat him to dinner at our favourite local restaurant. Work and other commitments (including a tooth broken at the last minute) meant we haven’t been able to have our dinner-for-two until last week. It was well worth it, with four courses of local, seasonal food. Mushroom soup was followed by pigeon, then slowly roasted pork with lots of colourful vegetables and finally cheesecake.
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After that, our holiday went from good to great. We caught up on lots of reading, took a lot of long walks in the wood with the dog, and did quite a bit of retail therapy. 

I ended the week with a word count of zero, but the garden is looking a lot better as I was able to spend plenty of time outside working on it.

I was a bit worried about the work piling up and deadlines approaching, but it turned out a break helped me focus. I was so keen to start writing again, I soon caught up. 

What’s your idea of a perfect holiday?

When she isn't cooking, gardening or beekeeping, Christina Hollis writes contemporary fiction starring complex men and independent women.  Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and she’s sold nearly three million books worldwide. Catch up with her at, on TwitterFacebook, and see a full list of her published books at
Her current release, Heart Of A Hostage, is published by The Wild Rose Press and available at  worldwide.

1 comment:

dstoutholcomb said...

I just want to relax