Beautifully crafted holiday romance stories have always been my favourite novels to read-and not only during the holiday season, but all year round. And I’ve come to discover that I’m not alone. Readers worldwide enjoy ‘love under the mistletoe’ stories that evoke sincere emotions and reflect family and heart and home. So, when I began writing, I decided that the best place to start would be writing the kind of stories that I love to read.
Holiday themed romances are a great place for any debut author to start, as they contain certain parameters that are helpful in structuring the story. The specific timeline, for one, is useful in that the journey usually begins sometime after Thanksgiving or December 1st and concludes typically on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. This provides a framework for the story and gives both the author and the reader comfort, knowing the happily ever after is simply weeks away.
The scenery in these novels also provide a familiar and uplifting backdrop supporting the protagonist despite the hurdles and obstacles they face on their way to finding love. The urgency of the upcoming holiday creates a driving motivation for the characters to resolve their issues in time for their desired mistletoe kiss.
Secondary characters that appear in these novels also tend to be those that resonate with readers-children, parents, grandparents, close friends. They enrich the story and provide a familiar support system that readers can identify with in their own lives. They often help the hero and heroine realize their love for one another and they encourage the union, making it feel right on every level.
Ultimately, what better time for romance than the holiday season-a time that in essence is the symbol of love and forgiveness? A time that is focused on family and community and time spent with the people who matter most. The holiday season embodies the true theme of any romance novel and provides a fantastic foundation for writers.
My new series- A Brookhollow Story... from Harlequin Heartwarming begins with my signature holiday title, which I’ve become known for. The Trouble With Mistletoe explores what can happen when love is given a second chance…under the mistletoe.