Christmas in July

I’m very excited to say that I’ve finished the second draft of LITTLE DRUMMER BOY and have sent it to my first readers. I loved getting to know Jane (Candy’s sister in THE PRESENT) better, and hope, in a few months, readers will too.

It’s a bit surreal to write Christmas stories in the warm months. On Sunday I spent the afternoon on the beach, then came home and wrote a snowy December evening scene. Fortunately I live in a place where extreme weather is the norm, so although the day didn’t lend weather inspiration, cup of coffee in hand, snuggled away in my office, the sun blocked from view by a wall of cedar trees, I easily recalled wintry days (so much so, I had to grab a sweater!).  🙂

It’s also surreal to me how the ways my characters grow and change affect me, personally. I’d have thought, if anything, I’d have a few things to teach young Jane, but as she works through feelings of inadequacy after an accident leaves her physically unable to do all the things she loves to do and, unwittingly, based her identity on, I was challenged. I too sometimes worry more about my outer actions, productivity, and the face I present to the world than on what condition my heart and my spirit are in.

Like Jane, I’ll be working on that (probably, forever)!

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer—and if, like me, you’re in the mood for a little Christmas in July, check out THE PRESENT. I think it’s an enjoyable story any time of the year, and it will give you a bit of an introduction to LITTLE DRUMMER BOY’S leading lady, Jane.

 

 

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