Today, it’s my turn in the holiday hot seat, discussing my latest release, Her Homegrown Christmas Wish.
Tell us how your characters celebrate the holidays
Hannah Beacon lives and works with her family so tradition is a huge part of her life. As the owners of the town’s bakery, the Beacons enjoy their busiest season from November 1st through January 2nd. Hannah’s family closes the bakery on Christmas Day (although her brother Mike is known to sneak in for a few hours mid-morning to fulfill any last minute orders) so they squeeze all the celebrating into twenty-four hours.
Daniel Ford celebrates with his momager at a fancy hotel dinner on Christmas Eve in LA.
Does you hero have a favorite Christmas carol or movie? Does your heroine?
Daniel’s favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas. Raised by a single mom, they watched it together every year and have continued to do so as he has become an adult.
Hannah doesn’t have a lot of time for TV or movies. But her favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night.
What is the theme of this book? If it’s part of a series, how does this book fit into the series?
This is book 4 in the Home to Harmony series. Every story so far has been about forgiveness and second chances. But in this book, the themes are dialed all the way up. The hero and heroine both need a lot of the former to make the latter happen.
Why do you write this genre? Do you write any other genres?
I write this genre because I love instilling my books with hope. I also write sweet, contemporary romance and readers of mine won’t notice a huge difference between the two. In my Christian books, faith takes a more prominent role.
Any tips to share with fellow authors/aspiring authors? What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
Everyone’s journey is unique. You can’t compare yourself and where you are at with someone else. Just because you and a friend started writing at the same time doesn’t mean you’ll hit the same milestones. This can be really hard! I think having a community of fellow authors is fundamental to improving your skills and continuing to write, but when all of your friends are successful and you aren’t, you can get discouraged. Once you stop comparing yourself, you free yourself to really be joyful for others.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition and/or memory?
I love how Christmas evolves as my children grow. In recent years, we have started visiting professional, walk through light displays (in our cold Chicagoland Decembers, this isn’t something I’d recommend with a baby).
Finally! Answer for either yourself or your characters: Real Christmas tree? Or fake?
This is a hot debate at my house right now! I love a real Christmas tree but this year was thinking I’d appreciate the convenience of a fake one (our weekends are so busy).
For my characters, it has to be a real tree to be allowed in the Beacon house. No substitutions.