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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Let's Talk Christmas Books and Traditions: Author Interview with Beth Carpenter

How did you come up with the idea for your Christmas book? 
I rode the train from Fairbanks to Anchorage in March two years ago. Beautiful scenery! Along the way we passed some cabins that were only accessible by train, and I knew I wanted to use these rustic cabins as a setting. 

Could you give a short synopsis on the book for my readers? 
After mistaking handsome Tanner Rockford for his cousin, Natalie followed him to rural Alaska. Now she’s stranded—until Tanner invites her to spend Christmas with his family in their rustic, cozy cabin. But in this idyllic winter wonderland, Natalie discovers the family she’s never had…and the love she never knew she needed. But what happens when they all discover why she’s really there?

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? 
I’m a manic cookie baker, and I give sacks of cookies to all our neighbors. I like to collect Christmas ornaments as souvenirs when we travel and remember those trips when I hang them on the tree. And I love to hang the cross-stitch Christmas samplers my husband’s grandmother created.

What’s next? 
An Alaskan Family Christmas is the seventh book in the Northern Lights series. The next one, An Alaskan Homecoming will be out in May, 2021. I’ll also have a free Christmas story on sometime during December. Stay tuned…

What’s the best writing tip you’ve learned or been given you’d like to share? 
My favorite quote is by Shannon Hale. “Writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” So don’t worry if the first draft doesn’t look like the story you’re trying to build.

What do you know now about writing and publishing you wish you had learned sooner? 
I’ve discovered that almost all writers—even if they’ve written dozens of books—reach a point in the writing process where they are convinced that they’re a terrible writer and will never be able to finish the story. And yet they do.

Any last words or tips?
May you find joy in your writing, in this holiday season, and in life.

Are there any other books that you’d like to tell my readers about? 
The Northern Lights novels are a series of loosely connected books, each a standalone but somewhat interconnected. They are sweet romances that all take place in my home state of Alaska, heavy on animals, Alaskan scenery, and gentle humor.

If you've ever wanted to visit Alaska, you can virtually visit it with Beth's books. 

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