Meeting Charles Dickens the author of A Christmas Carol

This week it is my greatest pleasure to have the one and only Charles Dickens visiting the Thursday Throng. Charles hails from London, is married with ten children. He has been writing since 1833 with his first published work A Dinner at Poplar Walk. A Christmas Carol was first published on 17th December 1843.

a christmas carolThe Review

A Christmas Carol is as much a moralising tale as it is a ghost story, framing as it does the consequences we might reap for our actions were we not to be a ‘good citizen’ with it’s requirement to care for our dependents and the needy. It is a perfect fit for a gentleman who concerns himself with the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves,.

Ebenezer our central character and ‘hero’ is a penny-pinching miser who cares nothing for others and believes that the only thing that matters is the making of money. One Christmas he is visited by three ghosts, of Christmas’s past, present and future who each hold a candle to his character and temperament allowing him the chance to redeem himself before it is too late. It is a dark novel which still has a rich seam of relevance in our 21st century world and is well worth reading on Christmas eve to a set of small and not so small children. Excellent.

Charles DickensThe Charles Dickens Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

What a strange question to ask as I cannot be certain that readers do not already know everything there is to know. Perhaps though, the fact that my nickname was Boz would be unknown to many.

What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?

I am unaccustomed to receiving reviews which are less than flattering to my works but I thought perhaps that this from a fellow novelist, Virginia Woolf might suffice

“we remodel our psychological geography when we read Dickens as he creates characters who exist not in detail, not accurately or exactly, but abundantly in a cluster of wild yet extraordinarily revealing remarks, bubble climbing on the top of bubble as the breath of the creator fills them. And the fecundity and apparent ineffectiveness have a strange effect. They make creators of us, and not merely readers and spectators.”

My ‘friend’ the poet, William has also declared me to be “very talkative, vulgar young person” and he claims never to have read a word I’ve written. And Henry James calls me “the greatest of superficial novelists”. I am sure I do not know what I have done to cause such comments as these.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

The potential for penury is an ever present hazard that each man who would be an author must subject themselves to.

Have you ever written naked?

My dear, whilst I have never been without my under or over garments when writing or indeed in any other part of life, I have bared my soul for the world, surely that is enough nakedness for one life.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

There is only one master actor who could possible encompass my life successfully, I am referring of course to Mr Hugh Grant.

What is the best excuse you have ever come up with for missing a deadline?

It is surely no excuse but I am still keenly aware of failing my readers upon the death of my sister-in-law Mary. Not one but two installments of my work were not forthcoming that week. Perhaps readers of The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist will now forgive my lack of diligence.

Are you jealous of other writers?

I have no need for jealousy of other writers as I am often remarked up as being the equal of Shakespeare. My fellows do not enjoy such lofty heights.

What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

I have enjoyed seeing my works immortalised beyond the printing press and watch each and every attempt with care, noting the inaccuracies and inconsistencies that have crept in. My favourite though is A Christmas Carol featuring my old friend Alistair Sim.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Small beer is preferable to both water and wine whilst I am striving to put the mark upon the paper. The former would rot my innards whilst the latter would rot my brain.

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

I fancy that I would do better than Sikes by it not being quite so public an affair. Perhaps a little hemlock, such as Socrates drank at his death, might be added to a glass of good red wine and passed over the counter to an unsuspecting recipient. I being hooded and robed in a such a way as to avoid recognition could simply slide away into the shadows.


Where can I find out more about Charles and buy his books?

A Christmas Carol is available in Paperback and Kindle format from and

You can meet Charles in all of the following places online:


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  1. The naked question reminded me of a rep from the Red Cross who knocked on my door last night. He was collecting money (a dollar a day) for children. I said ‘I give blood. Is that not enough?’ Bah Humbug.
    Happy Christmas Linda, I just finished watching your Elf Dance – so cute!

  2. This was lovely Linda, juxtaposing the interview in this way thank you! May you have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful and creative 2014.

  3. Merry Christmas Linda – and to Charles – do you have a favorite Christmas memory ?

    I suppose I should say about Christmas: “It can be the best of times, and the worst of times” 🙂