Twelve Days of Christmas, Day 9 - Chris Quinton

Chris Quinton is my visitor today for Twelve Days of Christmas.

Chris is offering a copy of Undercover Blues, which received an honorable mention from this year's Rainbow Awards. Leave a comment here to enter the giveaway and the winner will be picked on December 26th at 6pm, GMT.

Question 1:    What is your favourite Christmas movie? 

Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas. We know all the songs and most of the dialogue off by heart, and much family hilarity ensues. Of course, various types of alcohol are a given…
Question 2.       What is your best Christmas memory? 

Well, my son as a toddler, and grandsons at the same age, seeing the decorations for the first time. Then there was the time we caught our little black and white cat, Silvi, tugging on a length of tinsel, trying to drag the Christmas tree under a chair. The tree was teetering on the edge of falling when we rescued it. And yes, it was a small tree.
Question 3:     What is the best present you’ve received? 

A pressie from my husband - my first computer, a second-hand Amstrad – green text on a blue [or was it black?] screen and a whole 256 KB of memory, plus a floppy disk drive. I still have some of the floppies somewhere.
Question 4:      What is the best present you’ve given? 

No idea.
Question 5:     Santa Claus – real or fake? 

Duh. Real, of course J
Question 6.    What is your favourite Christmas book? 

I have so many favourite books throughout the year, it's hard to pick out one that says Christmas to me.
Question 7.     Do you like eggnog? 

No, not really. It's too sweet.

Question 8.      What do you eat at Christmas? 

My Low Carb diet [for T2 Diabetes] gets thrown out for one day, and we have a roast of some kind with all the veggie trimmings, Yorkshire pud and stuffing. We're usually too full to manage dessert!
Question 9.      Be honest, when do you put up the Christmas tree? 

As close to The Day as we can get away with. Usually a few days before.
Question 10.      When do you open your presents? 

Christmas morning after breakfast.
Question 11.      Do you have snow at Christmas? 

Gods, I hope not! It's very pretty to look at from the warmth of a central-heated room, but not to be out in it.
Question 12.      What is the best – all-time – Christmas song. Ever!  

Merry Christmas Everyone by Slade, back in 1973.  You should have seen my 8 year old son rockin' it out.

Undercover Blues by Chris Quinton

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London, the 1930s: With the cooperation of a top-ranking scientist and his son, Tom Langton and Robert Darnley are sent in as bait for a gang that uses blackmail to steal industrial secrets at a time when Hitler’s rise to power in Germany threatens Europe. The two men are friends, but they each have secrets of their own – and both are well aware that homosexuality is against the law. Living in close quarters, having to portray an illegal relationship, adds unexpected tensions to an already dangerous situation.


  1. Absolutely love the nightmare before Chistmas! Great interview.

  2. My niece loves the Nightmare before Christmas, she'll watch it all the time if she could. Thank you for the interview and giveaway chance. Happy Holidays!
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  3. Love Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. Tim Burton does some really good and really strange movies. :)

  4. Jack Skellington joins us on our doorstep in pumpkin form every halloween. I wish I could say it was for the kids, but they are all grown up now!

  5. Gosh Amstrad computer!!
    I remember trying to get my head around Gem Desktop- couldnt figure how i could use my programs without going through DOS commands - now its DOS what?

  6. Thanks for the Q&A, it is so much fun to read :)
    Merry Christmas and happy holiday's.


  7. I remember getting my first computer and it took me so long to master it and then what happens another new programme comes out and you're right back to where you started! Merry Christmas Chris to you and your family.

  8. Thanks for the Q&A. I learned another new Christmas Song and it also brought back memories of my first computer. Our cell phones have way more memory than my first computer. :-)

  9. I remember Slade but not their version of the song, I always remember it sung by Shakin' Stevens. Well that was the version my older sister had at any rate. Merry Christmas Chris. :)

  10. We have several movies we watch every year and Nightmare Before Christmas is one.

  11. Looks interesting and the cover is cool.