Author Interview & Giveaway: Stella Newman

1, Can you share with readers abit about 

                                                    ~ yourself?
                                                    ~ your writing journey/history?
                                                      ~ your latest bookish news?

I’m now a full time writer but before that I was a professional food taster - I was paid to eat spaghetti (best job ever.)   

Food and books have always been a big part of my life:my grandma was a writer, my other grandma was a great cook, as is my mum - and my dad basically reads a book every day, so I grew up reading and eating (I’m not very sporty!)

All my novels have a strong food theme – the first, Pear Shaped, was about puddings, but also about women’s relationships with their bodies and weight.  Leftovers, book two, was about pasta, but also about coming to terms with life not turning out how you planned. 

And the new one, The Dish, is a romance, featuring a magnificent custard doughnut and some rather fine pastries – and also a rather dishy head chef.  There are characters that move between the books, but they are all novels designed to be read independently.  If you like food / romance / laughter, hopefull yyou will enjoy them.

2, Are you currently working on anything at the minute?

I’m working on book five – which also has a lot of delicious food and a few men in it too –It’s very much a work in progress at the moment, but watch this space!

3, What new books are you looking forward to reading this summer?  

I’m keen to read Disclaimer, by Renee Knight, and also finally get round to finishing Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, before his new one comes out.

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4, Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Don’t give up!

5, What's your favourite food to snack on whilst writing?  

Anything and everything – today it was spicy popcorn and dark chocolate, not in the same mouthful.

6, Tell us why we should read your books in 140 characters or less!

Funny foody fiction.  (I like concision.)


1, What does Christmas mean to you?   

Food, family and a lovely walk in the park to try to justify the over-eating and over-drinking that I know will take place.

2, Why did you decide write a Christmas book?  

I worked in retail marketing for a lot of my career.  In retail, Christmas starts in January – which is nowhere near as much fun as it sounds.  So I wanted to do a Christmas story from the point of view of someone for whom Christmas is their year-round job.

3, Is there a song that's on your playlist every year?

Fairytale of New York

4, Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?   

We once went to Las Vegas for Christmas when I was a kid.  I remember the weirdness of wearing just a t-shirt and shorts on Christmas Day.  Also the Las Vegans really go to town with their Christmas decorations, so that was pretty spectacular.

5, Fruit-cake or Christmas cookies?

 Christmas brownies from Bluebasil mail order brownies in Oxfordshire –totally delicious!

6, Who would you like to bump into under the mistletoe?

David Gandy will do fine.

Oh yeah.. *raises hands and feet* I agree!

A massive thanks to the author for taking the time out and answering some questions, especially for the A Bookish Christmas Feature, it is greatly appreciated! 

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TWO of the authors current novels in KINDLE FORMAT PLUS signed swag!
(the book is NOT signed, the swag is in no relation to the author but what I've collected for giveaways from other authors)

- Open worldwide
- Comment below with which books you'd like to receive and why!



  1. All of the books look fabulous. I do love Christmas in July.

  2. I would love to win A Pear Shaped Christmas and The Dish. I find them interesting, I love the description on Amazon :) Thank you for the giveaway!