A few years ago, I joined a novella collection of modern fairytales titled Once Upon a Christmas. Because I was the last invited, I didn’t expect Cinderella to still be available, but to the delight of my hidden-identities-loving heart, I got to write Christmas Ella.
For my setting, I picked Jackson Hole, Wyoming as an excuse to take a research trip. My writer friend Hilarey Johnson traveled with me to explore the town. We rode on a stagecoach and took pictures with the most photographed barn in the world.
The Wild West may not seem like the most natural place to find a prince, but there just happens to be a ski resort in Jackson named…wait for it…Snow King. That’s right. The pieces of my story fell into place like magic.
Since then, even more pieces have fallen into place. See, after a couple of years, the collection was disbanded, giving each of us authors the opportunity to do something else with our stories. I didn’t know what I wanted to do until Hilarey began narrating audio books. Not only did I hire her to narrate Christmas Ella, but I rereleased the e-book, and it came out on her birthday!
I loved listening to Hilarey’s narration. I hadn’t read the book for years, and I found myself laughing out loud. She did a fabulous job, and I look forward to listening to her narrate The Princess and the P.I. (Coming soon.)
If you love holiday audiobooks, I’m giving away a free download of Christmas Ella. Simply answer the following question to be entered in the giveaway.
What’s your favorite fairytale and why?