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When fellow Harlequin authors Melinda Curtis, Anna Adams and I first conceived of this idea of three novellas featuring 3 siblings living in Christmas Town, Maine, I had an inkling this would be the story that would finally make my dreams of being a Harlequin author come true. The project just felt "right" and shortly before the holidays last year, we learned it had sold. Makes for a very merry Christmas, indeed.
But I think there might have been some other angels at work. You see, there's a special angel in my story. A tree topper angel that plays quite an important role in Callie Banning and Dean Galloway finding their happily ever after under the mistletoe. That angel was actually inspired by this little lady.
Which made the year I couldn't find her all the more terrifying.
For days I searched, wondering where I'd packed her, what box she'd been placed in. Why hadn't I kept her with the tree? Why wasn't she in the box with the ornaments. Why, oh, why didn't I just keep her out all year? It was a long few days until I found her--finally--at the bottom of the cedar chest with the table cloths. Don't ask me how she got there. I haven't got a clue--and I don't remember putting her there. Actually, I wouldn't put it past my grandfather to have sent the minihoonies to hide her from me...just to remind me that he was around, and watching. I was so relieved I cried as I held her again, as the holidays righted themselves again.
So when it came to the special sign my hero Dean needed to show him it was okay to move on from the loss of his wife, that love had found him again in the guise of school teacher Callie, this angel was my inspiration. She's prettier in my story, more delicate in ways, as that angel was bought for Dean's daughter Eliza when she was a baby. But when I imagine her, she's got the crooked little smile and yarn hair. Just as Dean's wife is looking down on him, I like to think my grandfather (and grandmother, now, too) is looking down on me, pleased and happy that finally, my dream of being a published author has come true.
What special holiday tradition or item makes your season special? Is there a family recipe you can't do without? An ornament that makes you smile when you pull it out of the box? Whatever your beliefs, however you celebrate...please share. I'd love to know.
Those (non-Heartwarming authors <G>) who post on our blogs from Saturday, Sunday, Monday or today (yes, you can go back and catch up!) will be entered to win a holiday ornament. Happy posting!