Monday, December 14, 2020

Mistletoe and the Mouse by Elsa Simonetti - Book Blitz

Mistletoe and the Mouse

Can a magical Christmas melt a frozen heart?

Join Belle and James as they visit Mickey Mouse for a sparkling holiday season at Disneyland Paris.

Belle has been numb since her mother died, and she can’t face Christmas at home without her. Instead she books a surprise holiday to her “happy place” – the Magic Kingdom. But her boyfriend James has problems of his own. He doesn’t “do Disney” and what will his mother think of him missing their family Christmas to go to Disneyland with Belle?

A festive romance with a sprinkling of Pixie Dust.

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Author Q&A
1.       What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?

     I take walks around my neighbourhood or out into the fields, and often find that by the time I get back from a nice long walk the answer has magically occurred to me!

 2.       If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I’d tell myself to get used to negative feedback – it isn’t the end of everything. As a younger writer, I used to think that if one person didn’t like what I had written, that was it, the end of the world, everything was over, I had failed and I should bin the work. Now I look at the feedback, decide whether I agree with it, and if I do I change what I’m writing, if I don’t, I carry on regardless. I wish I had learnt that earlier, there would be fewer books in my rubbish bin!

 3.       What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated?
There are so many under-appreciated books out there! Usually ones written by authors who aren’t very good at putting themselves forward and shouting about their own work. So much of writing novels is about publicity, and so many authors are not good at that. I could make you a list as long as my arm! It’s difficult to think of an overrated books – I honestly think that if a lot of people enjoy a book and I don’t like it, it’s probably me, not them!

4.       Favorite childhood memory involving books?

 5.       If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
 Anne of Green Gables, without question. She’d be a great hostess, there’d be plenty of home-grown, home-cooked treats and Anne could tell lots of funny stories at the dinner table. I’d quite fancy a taste of Marilla’s legendary currant wine too!

 6.       What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
I’d want to have a room in the Beast’s Castle from Beauty and the Beast. I have serious library envy whenever I watch that film, and I’d love to have dinner with Belle and the Beast – I’ve heard the grey stuff is delicious.  I’m sure Belle could employ me as castle librarian!

 7.       Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
I still do want to be an author when I grow up! However I’m not sure when the growing up is going to happen …

 8.       If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Never completely satisfied.

 9.       What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I don’t think I have any interesting ones. I drink a lot of cups of tea …

10.   What’s one movie you like recommending to others?

11.   If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?

 12.   Have you ever met anyone famous?
     Not that I know of. But I’m not good with faces out of context, so even if I bumped into Prince William in the street, I probably wouldn’t realise who he was!

 13.       What is the first book that made you cry?
My Dad had a book he loved, called The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico, which we read when I was probably too young to understand it properly. It was set during the “little ships” rescue from Dunkirk, it’s a tragic story and I was inconsolable by the end. I think it might have been my first encounter with a book that did not have a happy ending. I still can’t read it without my eyes filling with tears!

14.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

    So far, anything between about three months and three years! Mistletoe and the Mouse, because it’s only a novella, was the quickest ever. I started it last November, and I was submitting to a publisher before the end of January.

 15.       How do you select the names of your characters?
I cheat! I often use a website that suggests character names. It’s called and I often end up with names that I’d never otherwise have thought of – it’s particularly good for surnames, as forenames are the easy part. Belle, for example, could never have been called anything else.

 16.       What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
[I don’t think I’ve got one!]

 17.       What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Only 5? Oh goodness! You’d expect them all to be Disney, wouldn’t you, but they’re not … My first favourite is The Wizard of Oz. I remember watching it every year on Christmas Eve, a real special treat. For me, it transcends everything else made before or since, a shining piece of film genius. Snow White has a similar mythical status in my life – my mother’s first memory of going to the cinema was being terrified by the Queen in Snow White, and I watched it over and over again with my own children (slightly more recently!) so for me that is the film that unites the generations of my family, and it’s as good now as when it was made. Beauty and the Beast is probably my own favourite Disney film – I think because Belle was the first Disney princess who seemed, to me at least, like a real person. She liked reading more than she liked being princessy and singing to magical animals, after all! I do love musicals, and although it’s not technically a film, my favourite find of the last year has been Hamilton on Disney+ which was unlike anything I have seen before, and I would really strongly recommend it – awesome story telling. But my all-time most-watched film ever is Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, because it combines being a great adventure film and a great romance, it’s got a gloriously sweeping score and on top of all that, it’s got Alan Rickman in it!

18. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
                I’m not entirely sure, but I’d be eating chocolate while I did it!

19. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
[This would be more or less the same answer as the dinner party one]

20. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
[This would be more or less the same answer as what advice I’d give my younger self]

21. What book do you wish you had written?
The one I’m working on at the moment which I had aimed to finish last month!! It’s the final part of my Disney trilogy, set in Walt Disney World and my heroine keeps making unexpected decisions and upsetting all my plans for her.

22. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
[I don’t think I have even three fun facts about myself!]

23. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
I’ve often thought about this one (is that a bit sad?) I think, if I was rich enough to be comfortable and literate, I’d like to have been around in the 1840s. It would have been exciting to see the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria, and to be among the first to read some of the great works of Dickens and the Bronte sisters. I like the women’s fashions of that period too – cosy shawls and big skirts. However, the downside of disease and famine in the 1840s might have been overwhelming.

24.   What is your favorite genre to read?
I don’t think you’ll be surprised to find out that I’m a big fan of romantic fiction.

Author Bio –

Elsa Simonetti was born in the same year as Walt Disney World, but many miles away in the north of England. Her earliest Disney memory is crying during Bambi at the Saturday morning cinema club! It wasn’t until her own children were small that her husband introduced her to the magic of Disneyland Paris, and since then she has become obsessed, proving Walt Disney’s own belief that “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever”. That was the seed of this story – that Disneyland is not just for children, but for anyone who is young at heart.

Elsa also writes romantic women’s fiction under the name of Liz Taylorson

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @Elsasimonetti






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