Last spring I was challenged by a senior editor at Dreamspinner Press who I’d worked with for many, many years to write for the 2019 Advent Calendar. I don’t focus on romance. It’s always the side course in my writing, but for this it had to be the main event. I had 2 weeks to write 15K. The theme was ‘homemade for the holidays’, and imagine my surprise when I had a plot in 10 minutes!
I pounded out 14000 (ish) words and created Christmas Ghosts, which will be my first officially published work for DSP. Had I more time, I’d have gone for the upper limit and done an entire novella, because I really love the characters I created and the story hit me where I live.
A year ago right before Christmas, I lost my mom to cancer. My family is pretty much scattered around the world, and I didn’t have enough warning to be with her or my brother. It kicked the crap out of me. Not going to lie. It’s been almost a year to the day when she told me she was going into hospice, and I still hurt.
My brother did some wonderful stuff that inspired me to write Steve and Trey’s story. Neither character is based on my brother, just Steve’s actions and the reasons for them. But I have to give credit where it’s due. Without my brother, I never would have come up with a plot that fit the theme on such short notice.
Christmas Ghost comes out as an individual story on December 1st. I’ll post links for it as soon as they’re available. For now, I can only give you the link to the entire anthology, which is over 300K words and over a dozen stories, over here on DSP.
Dealing with the unexpected loss of his mother isn’t how carpenter Steve Billings planned to spend his Christmas. Hoping her costume jewelry can bring some happiness to others, he takes it to the local community theater, where he runs into his first love, Trey Baxter.
Trey’s trying to help his sister put on a gender-fluid version of A Christmas Carol, but no one on the cast or crew knows which end of a hammer to hold let alone use a power tool. Then a face from the past brings a present-day miracle… one that could lead to the happy future they both thought they gave up back in high school.