Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stranded on a Desert Island... with Donna Douglas

Please welcome Donna Douglas, author of A Nightingale Christmas Wish, as she tackles our Desert Island Interview!

DONNA DOUGLAS lives in York with her husband and daughter. Besides writing novels, she is also a very well-respected freelance journalist and has written many features for the Daily Mail.

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Donna Douglas Stranded on a Desert Island

If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?

Jilly Cooper’s Riders. I wish I could say War And Peace or something, but Jilly is my ultimate comfort read! Plus it’s so thick I could use it as a weapon.

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with?

An iPad, with internet connection and access to Netflix and Kindle. That way I’d never get bored, and I could Facetime my family to remind them I was still alive. I might even be able to organise an Ocado delivery…If I couldn’t have that, it would have to be sunscreen.

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?

You’re asking the wrong person. To be honest, I’m the least practical person in the world. I suppose matches, or a knife, or something? Just guessing here…

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?

Yes, I do like my own company. But I also like to talk, so after a few hours I’d want someone to show up, Preferably with a bottle of gin.

If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?

My husband, because he’s far more practical than I am. And of course I love him. Maybe I should have put that first…But I couldn’t live without my daughter, either. So both of them, please.

What modern technology would you miss the most?

My mobile phone. Only kidding, I wouldn’t miss that at all. Running hot water, I suppose.

What food or beverage would you miss the most?

Chelsea buns from Thomas the Bakers in York. Or indeed, cake in general.

How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?

I would probably cry and panic for the first 24 hours, then I’d buckle down and get on with it. That’s how I approach pretty much everything in life, including writing a book.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Hug my family. Have a shower. Maybe not in that order…

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?

I don’t think I’d bother. I like Twitter and FB, but I just don’t see why the world would be interested in everything I do!

A Nightingale Christmas Wish

As Christmas 1938 approaches, the staff at the Nightingale Hospital have their own wishes for the festive season. 

Ward sister Frannie Wallace is hoping she won’t have to live through another war like the one that claimed her beloved fiance. But with bomb defences going up all around London, it seems as if her hopes are in vain. 

Staff Nurse Helen Dawson wants to find happiness again after the death of her husband Charlie. A handsome stranger seems to offer the chance she wants. But is she looking for love in the wrong place? 

Matron Kathleen Fox struggles to keep up morale amongst her nurses as the hospital faces the threat of evacuation. But while everyone else worries about the future of the Nightingale, it’s for her own future that Kathleen truly fears.

As the country prepares itself for war, one thing is for sure – by the time next Christmas comes, nothing at the Nightingale Hospital will be the same again…

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