Have a holly, jolly Christmas in Meadow Creek #anaiahpress #countdowntochristmas #amreadingromance

Sarah Laughlin left her big-city life and dead-end relationship behind for a fresh start as a fourth-grade teacher in the small, Wisconsin town of Meadow Creek. And it feels like home, too, despite the persistent troublemaker in her class and the lack of familiar faces. But the holidays are going to be lonely this year. Until she meets firefighter Lincoln Thompson. Suddenly, the hope of spending Christmas with someone she cares about is within reach.

Lincoln loves his home town of Meadow Creek, but ever since his long-time girlfriend left him for a better life in the city, he wonders if he’ll ever find love in this small town where everyone knows everyone. Then he meets Sarah during her class’s field trip to his firehouse, and a spark is lit.

But when they discover that Sarah’s troublemaking student is none other than Lincoln’s beloved nephew, their newfound relationship is put to the test. Can they navigate through the complexities of family dynamics to find a love that will last?

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Welcome, Katy!

Tell us how your characters celebrate the holidays

The town of Meadow Creek has a Christmas Festival in the town square every year, and Lincoln never misses it. He goes with his sister and nephew to enjoy a hot cocoa bar, carriage rides, a snowman building contest, and lots of other winter fun. This is Sarah’s first year in the same town, and since she doesn’t have the money to visit her parents in Florida for Christmas, she just might check out the famed festival.

Does your hero have a favorite Christmas carol or movie? Does your heroine?

Lincoln watches Elf with his nephew every year, so that’s become his favorite, along with the carol White Christmas, since he loves the snow. Sarah likes It’s a Wonderful Life, and as for carols – I’ll Be Home for Christmas strikes a chord with her, since this is the first year she won’t be around the typical people she knows and loves.

What is the theme of this book? If it’s part of a series, how does this book fit into the series?

The theme is that with the right people, “home” can be wherever you make it. This is a stand-alone, feel-good, Christmas novella.

Why do you write this genre? What inspired this story? Do you write any other genres?

I love contemporary romance because it’s usually relatable but just “fiction” enough to allow you to escape from reality for a few hours. And my faith compels me to keep it clean and add an inspirational element to the story. It’s the perfect combination, and so far, the only genre I’ve written. I guess you could say this story was inspired by idyllic childhood dreams of living in a small town and finding “the one.”

Any tips to share with fellow authors/aspiring authors? What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

If your goal is to get published, my advice is to find a seasoned writer or editor that can read your manuscript and critique your work. I’ve learned more through the actual editing process than any class, lecture, article or video could ever teach me. And of course, network with other authors to get the word out about your books!

What is your favorite Christmas tradition and/or memory?

I have too many to list! As a kid, I loved driving around with my family and grandparents (when they visited from out of town) to look at Christmas lights. Somehow, it was so much more magical with Grandpa and Grandma in the car. As an adult, I enjoy baking cookies with my kids and nieces.

Finally! Real Christmas tree? Or fake?

Lincoln and Sarah both vote for a real one 🙂

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