Christmas is Coming - Danielle Hawkins


'Regardless of gender, anyone looking for a heart warming, funny rural novel, you are going to LOVE, I repeat LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these books.' 

Danielle Hawkins grew up on a sheep and beef farm and later studied veterinary science. After graduating as a vet Danielle met a very nice dairy farmer who became her husband.

Danielle spends two days per week working as a large animal vet and the other five as a housekeeper, cook and general dogsbody. She has two small children and when she is very lucky, they nap simultaneously and she can write. She is the author of critically acclaimed novel Dinner at Rose’s.


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In your own words tell us a little about your new release …

Chocolate Cake for Breakfast is about Helen McNeil, a large-animal vet who happens to first fall over and then fail to recognise one of the more famous All Blacks while escaping from a very dull girl at a party. And then, to her vast surprise, he turns up at the front counter of the vet clinic to ask her out. It's partly about vet-stuff, and partly about what it's like to be attached to someone famous.

What was the idea/the revelation/the ‘kicking off point’/the impetus for writing this particular novel?

I started with the idea of how it might feel to be a perfectly ordinary girl, and to find yourself going out with a guy whose topless picture is on the lunchroom wall at work. I made my famous guy an All Black because New Zealand doesn't have many other celebrities. (At which point I realised I didn't know anything at all about rugby, so I started reading my husband's rugby magazines for research.)

And I thought it would be fun to write about some of the things I do as a vet, as opposed to the things I thought vets did before I was one.

What is your funniest ‘real life’ Christmas story?

This isn't my story, it's Grandma's, but I've always liked it.

Forty-odd years ago, my grandmother had a brilliant idea and decided to buy all her sisters-in-law and nieces nice knickers for Christmas. She rushed into town, where she selected a dozen little lacy numbers and one pair of armour-plated granny pants for Aunty Joan, who had a fuller figure. And it never occurred to her, until they all unwrapped and displayed their presents, that this may not have been the world's most tactful move.

Best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

An AG 100 motorbike that my sister and I got together from Mum and Dad, when I was twelve and she was ten.

Worst Christmas present you’ve ever received?

A box of sugar-free carob drops. I have a feeling they were expired, too.

Best Christmas present you’ve ever bought for someone else?

Um. Gift selection is not my strong point. My husband says the illustrated historical atlas of '06 was pretty cool.

Bree over at One Girl Too Many Books (I love this book review blog) gave 'Chocolate Cake for Breakfast' 9/10 which, if you follow Bree's review's, you will know is very high praise. Check out her thoughts here:

DanielIe Hawkin's book 'Dinner at Roses' was my 'find' of 2012 and was a novel which made me laugh out loud and cry like a baby. I seriously LOVED this book so much that I bought a stack, gave them away as presents, recommended the novel if anyone asked me what they should read  and Danielle was one of the first authors I knew I just HAD to have on this blog. It was my lucky, lucky day when I was told her new release 'Chocolate cake for Breakfast' (don't you just adore that title?!) was being released in time for Christmas.

Do yourself a favor next time you're in a bookstore and find either of these books. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks to the beautiful people at Allen & Unwin, I have one copy of 'Chocolate Cake for Breakfast' to giveaway. Comment below and go in the draw to win!


Oh I remember reading Dinner at Roses. It was a wonderful story. I would love to read Chocolate Cake for Breakfast. It sounds great.

It was wonderful, wasn't it. Such a wonderful story - sad, funny, heart warming. Sniff sniff... it had it all. I've got Chocolate Cake for Breakfast on my bedside table but am trying to hold out for our Christmas break. It's difficult! Wish me luck! :)

Absolutely positively loved this book, sent my copy to my best friend to read because I knew she would love it too. Congrats Danielle on writing such a great book. I read it within 2 days, couldn't and didn't want to put it down. Hoping you write a new novel soon :)

Did you read Dinner at Rose's too? 

I work in a book department of a major department store chain (BIG W) and I brought this book as soon as it was released because the cover captured my eye and the blurb compeltely sold me on it. I glad I got it so quickly, because we sold out in a matter of days :)

Thankyou for the fantastic interview and blog post.

Have a happy christmas and new year :)

I loved the cover too! It's those stockings/leg warmers ... and the cat :)


It's the cover picture that has me hooked. It's very eye catching. The title, I love. My kids would eat that everyday for breakfast if I let them. This sounds like a book that i would read and I'm going to read it. I also want to read Dinner at Rose's too.
I love this Christmas is coming book reviews because with little children I don't get too much time to wander through book shops etc to see what books I'd like to read. I would never have seen this book for a very long time but it has now been brought to my attention, so thank you Margareta and Danielle for sharing.

I bought both Dinner at Roses and Chocolate for Breakfast on a trip to NZ last November 2013.
I was visiting an old schoolfriend in Te Awamutu and the bookshop lady told me about Danielle Hawkins being a local Vet.
I loved both books and am anxiously awaiting her next.
I am from Busselton in Western Australia and will be in NZ again in Feb. 2015 for a wedding.
I hope that there will be a new book out for me to enjoy.

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