Today marks the first day in the As You Wish Tours Author Showcase! I’m honored to kick it off with a bit about my new release Secrets and Santas.
Secrets and Santas was a very special project for me. I’ve always been a Christmas fanatic and this year is no different than the last 45. I knew I wanted to put out another Christmas story this year, but I just couldn’t figure out what exactly I wanted to write about.
When it comes to this special season, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. It’s A Wonderful Life, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Carol are at the very top of my ‘must watch’ list. I knew I wanted to create something along those lines, but that’s a very tall order to fill, and the pressure was on.
Time flew by, summer turned to fall, and still I hadn't settled on a story idea. Finally in November, I’d given up on having anything to release for Christmas. That is, until I had a long conversation with one of my author friends. We touched on the subject and he said, “I like your idea, but you’re right. That’s just too similar to the old classics. Why don’t you flip it around?”
“Flip it around? How do you propose I do that exactly?” I’d asked.
He explained his statement and immediately ideas flooded into my head. I did something with this story that I’ve never done before. The entire piece was written with music playing in the background, a Christmas CD given to me by my brother many years ago. As each song played, pictures formed in my head, and I have to admit, a large portion of this story was written through tears. Some of joy and others of sorrow.
Secrets and Santas is probably my favorite of any of the short stories I’ve written. Mostly because it shows the one thing we forget too often...people can change. If they wake up and see the world around them, life can take on new meaning. You just have to wake up.
I hope you enjoy reading Secrets and Santas as much as I enjoyed creating it!
Jake ‘The Scrooge’ Carlson spent the majority of his life taking care of himself. He saw to it he had the best of everything and didn't feel bad about it, because after all, he worked very hard to attain those things he wanted most. If it hadn't been for a young man named Sheldon entering his life, he might have continued on just looking out for number one. He didn't know it at the time, but meeting young Sheldon would bring him more than he could have accomplished on his own... One small, insignificant life was about to change everything.
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