Do you enjoy reading books about writers? What about books about Christmas? What about books about writers AND Christmas? Do you ever wonder how much of a book about a writer is based on the author’s actual own experience? Well, have I got a book for you…
A few years ago I wrote a book about a historical author who returns to her small town in order to write a book. This turned out to be a Hallmark-esque Christmas story, complete with all the usual Christmas activities (baking cookies! Christmas tree hunting! singing carols!) but with a twist. My author heroine might be skilled with words, but prowess with certain domestic – and other – activities elude her.
Now of course I can’t relate to domestic challenges at ALL (feel free not to visit me to see the dust bunnies lurking in the corners, lol!), but there might be a few things in my author’s story that I can relate to. Like the way I plonk butt-in-chair until a rough first draft is done. (Well, not all at once, but it’s my focus until it’s done. My last book saw me write 75k in 14 days – a new record for me) I might also write down certain phrases I hear that are beautiful or evocative. And yeah, there might be a few other things that are true in my own life, like the fact I’ve written historical books, but as this is a work of fiction, I reserve the right to deny all similarities of my heroine to moi.
Anyway, this book was sitting in my computer, waiting for a home, when I realized just how easy it would be to subtly tweak and edit and release as part of my new Muskoka series. And knowing there are many people who love Christmas stories, and small towns, and books about writers, I thought it’d be perfect to release this year, just in time for Christmas. And so Muskoka Christmas will release November 10.
Want to know a little more? Here’s the back cover copy for Muskoka Christmas:
Staci Everton is a multi-published author of historical romances, whose Christmas Eve deadline for a new book sees her leave her Chicago home to go write while staying with her grandmother in the beautiful small town of Muskoka Shores, Canada. Staci is determined to finish her manuscript, despite the small town’s Christmas charm – and Muskoka Shores most eligible bachelor.
Dr. James Wells is on enforced leave from working in Africa, after nearly burning out as a medical missionary. He’s here to spend time with family, not spend time with a workaholic whose focus on fiction is very different from the harsh realities he’s faced.
But Christmas is a time of second chances, family and faith. Maybe they’ll find magic under the mistletoe, and a future after all.
So I’m curious: what are some of the things you like to see in a Christmas story? What about in a story about writers? Let’s chat!