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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Celebrating Christmas Books with Beth Carpenter

How did this multi-author collection of Christmas stories come about ?

Our group, who all write for the Harlequin Heartwarming line, have put out several story collections that take place in fictional Christmas Town, Maine. Over the years, the readers and writers have gotten to know the town quite well, from the matchmaking ladies from Over the River Retirement Home to the famous peppermint pie in Posey’s Diner. 

Could you give a short synopsis on the book for my readers?
This year’s theme is a ten-year high school reunion at Christmas time. My story is about Marissa. Marissa felt invisible in high school, but now she’s changed, and she’s determined her high school crush will finally notice her. But you know what they say about the best laid plans.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Cookie baking, tree decorating, and candlelight service on Christmas Eve are my favorites. I go overboard with cookies, baking for my friends and family and all the families on the block.

What’s next in writing for you? 
Next year I’ll have three books coming out. Two are continuations in my Northern Lights series in the Heartwarming line. The third, which will be out in August, is called Kidnapped in Alaska and is a suspenseful Love Inspired story. This is something new for me, and I’m excited!

What’s the best writing tip you’ve learned or been given you’d like to share?
That bad first drafts are okay. Someone says all first drafts are perfect, because their only job is to exist.

What do you know now about writing and publishing you wish you had learned sooner?
That everything takes longer than you think it will, and that writers are an amazing group of people willing to share their knowledge and cheer one another on.

Any last words or tips?

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and that the new year brings joy and peace for you and yours.

Are there any other books that you’d like to tell my readers about?
Please check out the whole Northern Lights series. Each is a stand-alone story, but they all take place in my home state of Alaska with loosely overlapping characters and settings.

If you'd like to learn more about Beth's books, here are the ways to get you started. 
To subscribe to her newsletter with book news, giveaways and recipes:
Heartwarming Christmas Town Facebook Group

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