In celebration of the release of ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chick Lit’a fabulous collection of 11 stories by a range of Chick Lit authors (released on November 4th), I'm running a series of blog posts on some of the authors (including their favourite Christmas recipe and the story behind it). This post is talking with the wonderful Vivan Brooks.
1: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you write.
My name is Nikki LeClair, and Vivian Brooks is my pen name. I live in Canada, and have a slight obsession with tea, and notebooks at the moment. I started writing when I was in high school. An English teacher recommended it because she said I had an over-active imagination and it was what got me in trouble.
2. Give us an overview (with all the best bits) of your story in the anthology.
This was my first time in an anthology, suffice to say I was nervous! My story was inspired by the work madness that occurs at my best friends work place. There is a social media princess involved, delicious, magical cookies, and of course a charming, adorable love interest for my main character, the shy, kind Kinsley.
3. It’s a Christmas collection, so what does your usual family Christmas look like?
I come from a big family so I can tell you its really LOUD. It’s also really busy. I don’t mind it, as quiet dinners and evenings drive me crazy, but if you don’t shout at my dinners you won’t be heard.
4. Lastly, give us your best Christmas recipe and where it came from.
Sadly, I’m not the best cook. But I can bake pretty damn well, and I can make speciality drinks like nobody’s business. This recipe for Rummy Eggnog was actually from my great-grandmother. Here it is:
Depending on how big your punch bowl is, adjust the portions as you see fit. Pour a carton (or two) of your favoitre eggnog in punch bowl. Add ½ cup to 1 cup of Cognac, and ½ cup to 1 cup of Rum. Of course the bigger the punch bowl, the more eggnog, cognac and rum you add. Add chocolate shavings or cinnamon on top of each individual glass. Cheers!
Who is Vivian Brooks?
Vivian Brooks lives in Canada with her loving husband and their two rambunctious children. When she isn’t ordering her children to behave or begging her Border Terrier to listen to her, she sits behind her lap-top plotting out the next adventure of her new characters.
She’s a fan of a good glass of Pinot Noir, and can’t live without her favorite Tea blends. She also writes under the name Nikki LeClair. She enjoys hearing from readers and fans of her work. You can find her on twitter at @NikkiL_Books, and on her Facebook Fanpage Nikki LeClair