Happy Sunday, folks! The Christmas spirit is definitely strong this weekend, and I’m delighted to welcome Maxine Morrey to the blog, to talk about writing a Christmas story, when it’s far from Christmassy…
The Best Little Christmas Shop, like most of the previous Christmas themed books, was written when there wasn’t a flake of snow to be seen. In fact, a good part of it was written during the height of summer! Although, to be fair, this year the British weather was obviously feeling kindly and decided it would help me out by not providing scorching temperatures and instead generally send forth grey skies and a good deal of rain. So, that was helpful…
Writing out of season is nothing new for the publishing industry and most magazines, especially the monthly ones will start planning their Christmas issues in the middle of the year. But there’s no getting away from the fact that it can, and often does, feel decidedly odd to be creating snow filled scenes in one’s head when the temperature outside is in the thirties (honestly, it did happen, I promise!). If you have a little snoop around social media during the year, you’ll soon discover plenty of writers tapping away at their keyboards and immersed in a season completely different from the one they’re writing about. Of course, our antipodean friends may have the advantage in this respect as we devour ice lollies whilst writing about ice skating, they are already in the middle of their winter. That being said, if they are setting their Christmas novel in their home country, then we are all in the same sledge!
Various authors employ various methods to help boost the festive mood and these include playing Christmas music, burning spiced candles, and watching films that most people wouldn’t even entertain watching until at least December. I’ve also seen mince pies baked in the middle of July – honestly, we’re a very dedicated bunch!
When it comes down to it though, the best tool is imagination and hopefully when you’re reading those delicious, wintery scenes, you’ll never know that it was written by an author who was close to hitting melting point, sat under a parasol with her (or his!) feet in a hastily obtained paddling pool!
Genre: Romantic Comedy / Fiction
Publication Date: 3rd November 2017
Pre-order on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gNN2Yl
Come home for Christmas to the Best Little Christmas Shop – the snowiest, cosiest place you can be!
Home for the holidays…
Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future…until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!
Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stability she can’t provide. One day she’ll decide whether to settle down again – just not yet.
But the best little Christmas shop in this sleepy, snow-covered village has another surprise in store…
About Maxine Morrey
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a bookworm! As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities. In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’. Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read sew and listen to podcasts. As she also likes cake she can also be found either walking or doing something vaguely physical at the gym.
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