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All I Want for Christmas
Best Friends or True Love? Only Santa Knows.
Kathryn Graham hates Christmas. She hates the snow, the decorations, the whole nine yards. Nick Pringle on the other hand can’t get enough of the season. He may be her best friend and fellow writer at Redburn Weekly Magazine, but sometimes his exuberance gets on her very last nerve. Now they’ve been assigned to cover the orphan toy drive story. It’s just a puff piece not the serious journalism Kathryn hopes for, but maybe—as Nick says—there are no old stories just new angles.
Nick Pringle has been in love with Kathryn practically since the day they met. When he realizes that she’s lost her Christmas spirit, he figures he’s just the guy to help her find it again. He enacts a plan to send her anonymous gifts from Secret Santa, but will any of this really make a difference in her? Will she ever see him as anything more than her smart-aleck partner even after their passionate kisses? Then again maybe he’ll get what he wants for Christmas after all.
It’s available at Champagne Books: http://champagnebooks.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=106 or for the Kindle on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032DJJT0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0HRYNHDWEPNJ6CCNJPAM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846
I have a contest going on with this title. You can learn more about it here ~ http://cindykgreen.blogspot.com/2010/10/christmas-is-coming-early.html
1. Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
Writing is something I’ve always done. I have a folder full of my fiction writing from the age of 12 and up. At that time, I wrote to entertain my four younger siblings. In high school, I did imagine my future life included being a published author. I thought about my favorite authors at the time L.M. Montgomery, Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott. They inspired me. At the age of thirty, after graduating from college, getting married, starting teaching and having a child, I started writing again just for fun. In 2005, we moved across country. I didn’t know anyone. I was home everyday with my kids so I started writing again just for my mental sanity. In 2006, my first book was published.
2. What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
In All I Want for Christmas, the book has a Lois Lane/Clark Kent type of relationship. This was purposefully done as I am a complete Superman fan. It’s also a best friends romance which I love writing. They’re great together. Lots of fun and everyone knows they should be together. Throw in a Secret Santa and a little bit of jealousy and you have my sweet novella in a nutshell. I had a great time writing this one. The first draft wrote in a record six days.
3. How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
I consider myself half pantser/half plotter. I do sit down and think out my characters and write some things down so that I have a good handle on them and their motivations before I move on to writing. I also put together a basic plot but leave room for inspiration and the direction my characters lead me. I don’t always follow the same process with each story. Sometimes I do have a strong understanding of the book and characters from day one and fly with it. I’ve finished whole novels in a month. It’s also taken months to write a short story. It depends on my inspiration and the time I actually have to devote to writing.
4. Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I’m always working on something. I probably have ten open book projects at the moment. Currently, I am polishing up a romantic mystery called Nora Sleuths the Detective. I am in the middle of finishing the 2nd book in my YA Faery Guardian series called Sold My Soul to a Frog and I am also writing an Inspirational Contemporary romance which takes place in the Outer Banks out here in North Carolina. It’s a reunion romance story.
5. Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
The advice I typically give to new writers is READ, READ, READ. Read books in the genre you plan to write in. Read books on the writing craft too. Then Read some more. It’s also a good idea to get a critique partner and join a writing support group. It’s great fun but you also learn so much from your peers as well.
As for promotion, don’t worry, all of us writers really dislike the promo part of writing. We’d rather write an entire other book than to promote, but it is a necessary part of being a published author. You have to be willing to get yourself out there. You aren’t just selling a book. You are selling yourself. Always be prepared to talk about your book. Put together a one sentence blurb so that you can tell anyone about your story in a matter of a minute. Carry business cards and post cards everywhere and hand them out when the opportunity arises. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
6. What is your favorite work of literary fiction and why? Do you have a favorite literary author?
I suppose my very favorite literary fiction writer would be Jane Austen—although of course at the time she was actually writing genre fiction. I love Jane because she teaches me so much about characters. Characters to fall in love with, characters to hate, characters to laugh at. She had a keen sense of people and a wit that I envy. I’ve asked students in the past-why do we still study Shakespeare and authors such as Jane Austen? The answer is because they understood people. They wrote the types of characters that we see in people to this day. Ideas change, clothing styles change, the way we speak and manners may even change but people will always be the same.
7. Who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?
Let’s see—I enjoy Janet Evanovich. Her romantic comedies especially. They are corny and she even calls them screw-ball comedies but they make me laugh and I love that. She also is a fun author to read because of her characters. For YA I read Meg Cabot. Her heroines always have such a fun voice. She captures the teen frame of mind perfectly. For Inspirational fiction I read Lori Wick. A new favorite in the Inspy genre is also Sandra Bricker, another funny lady. For mystery/suspense, there is none better than Agatha Christie. I read a lot of non-fiction history as well. David McCullough, Joseph Ellis, David Hackett Fischer, Carol Berkin, Mary Beth Norton…I could go on.
8. What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
Oh, whenever I can. It’s getting easier now that my youngest is six. I try to write in the evenings after dinner. I try to get some time on the weekends while everyone else is busy doing their own things. It’s a struggle but we make it work.
9. How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
I was introduced to my first publisher by an author friend. We met online and discovered several similarities in our lives and writing. She told me to submit to this publisher and I did. They accepted my manuscript within a couple weeks. My first several books came out with them. They have since gone out of business. I then moved on to The Wild Rose Press, White Rose Publishing, Champagne Books and Whimsical Publications. I keep my ears open and when I hear about a publishing opportunity, I look into it. I am definitely pickier about where I submit than when I first started.