Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas as a Theme

Find a theme.

Christmas is a week away.

My family members and friends are spread out to the four corners of the U.S. Some are in the great northeast, freezing, some in the far northwest, and then others are scattered throughout the middle. A creative and productive writer should be able to do something with that, but all I can think of is missing each and every one of them and wishing I could be in a dozen places at once.

Some people write moving Christmas stories. I wrote The Prince of Keegan Bay, a story that culminates at midnight on Christmas Eve with a scene straight out of Keystone Cops or Laurel and Hardy. Other than that, I don’t believe I mention this most precious of holidays for Christians in any of my other books.

This week spouse and I participated in two writers’ holiday parties, one a traditional English style dinner at our house and the other at a beachside condo clubhouse beautifully decorated, including a massive Christmas tree. The camaraderie warmed my heart as we shared personal stories. Throughout the year ninety per cent of our time together is spent critiquing one another’s work, so it was refreshing just to chat.

For those of us who read and enjoy books, we can take the time to send authors a gift in return by commenting on what we liked about the stories. We can send them to the authors directly through their publishers, post them on Amazon or Goodreads, or even just give them a shout-out on our Twitter or Facebook page. Especially if we enjoyed them. We can share the joy and make a writer happy this Christmas.

And in exchange they will continue to write and do their best to entertain, inform, and please their readers.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.

Veronica Helen Hart is an author at Champagne Books. Her book, The Prince of Keegan Bay, triggered a series about The Blenders, a group of senior citizens who can find trouble anywhere in the world. Book 4, Midnight in Mongolia, is due out in early 2017.