Talk about crazy weather in the US and Canada. Places that never get snow—California, anyone—have been pounded, while Colorado waited…and waited…and waited for even a dusting. We made a new record this year, with a LACK of snowfall well into November, and even then it was less than a quarter of an inch and melted within hours. Finally in the New Year we got a decent snowfall, which my grandson and our dogs loved and my husband not so much. We thank the Good Lord for snow blowers! We’re just too old to use a shovel anymore. But my 10-year-old grandson Boo had a lovely time making Henry (the snowman with the hair) and Henry Junior.
Weather and time of year is always at the front of my mind as an author, as well. Christmas books are rarely written during the Christmas holidays, which is weird, and why I’m sometimes playing Christmas Carols in the middle of summer. It’s all about release dates.
My current WIP (Work In Progress) has been slotted for September of 2022 and already has an official name: A Reason to Stay. I’m thrilled with this title because it complements the book so well.
It’s also got a great “seasonal” story to go along with it. It was originally slotted for July, as I wanted to write a summer book. But then I had to have emergency major surgery and had to have the book pulled from the lineup. So I’m thinking, “Well, now it’ll probably be a Christmas book. So I went back to the first chapter, which originally started with a May country carnival, and I turned it into a Christmas shindig. A little plot shifting and I’m on my way…until I hear they’ve actually slotted the book for September. Whoa. Okay. Now it’s an autumn book. Back to the drawing board!
So now the timeline is the beginning of October (an Autumn Carnival) and goes through the day after Thanksgiving, when they go out to cut down a Christmas tree…which makes sense, given that the Winslow family runs a Christmas tree farm.
So there you have it. The life and times of the traditional side of my author work. Planning my indie books can be equally as confusing, especially when life unexpectedly drops in for a visit and I have to shift publishing dates.
What about you? Do you enjoy books set in a specific time of year, or are you a round-the-calendar reader?
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