Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas 2012 Series: Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot

Happy Monday, writers! Today we've got another author interview for you. Amanda Cabot's latest Christmas title, Christmas Roses is a delightful read! You can read my review for her book at Net's Book Notes today as part of her blog tour/promotional. (I didn't plant that, but it's perfect timing!) Let's learn some interesting behind-the-scenes facts, shall we? Read on! ~ Annette

What makes your Christmas story different than others you’ve seen or read? 

I’d like to say that my book is different from every other book that’s ever been written, but we know that’s not true.  After all, there are only so many basic stories. What differentiates Christmas Roses from other holiday stories is the settinga fictional mining town in eastern Wyomingand the characters. Celia is a widowed Swedish immigrant who wants nothing more than to keep her daughter safe, while Mark is an itinerant carpenter searching for his long-lost father. Neither one is looking for love or marriage, but ...  

What genre is your story?

Historical romance.

How did the story come about? 

I’m a fan of Christmas novellas. I love everything about themthe shorter format, the special theme, the fact that many of them are published in hard coverand so after I read Kathleen Morgan’s series of Culdee Creek Christmas stories, I knew I wanted to write one of my own. Christmas Roses is the result.

The biggest challenge was choosing the setting. Although I toyed with the idea of making this another Ladreville story, featuring secondary characters from my Texas Dreams trilogy, for marketing reasons, my editor suggested I create a story with no ties to my other books.

Where would it take place? The same night that I received my editor’s suggestion, I attended a lecture about a copper mining town called Sunrise, Wyoming, and I knew I’d found my setting. My town is fictional, but it is a copper mining town, and it’s located in the same part of the state as Sunrise. As for the characters, they’re purely fictional, although don’t tell Celia and Mark that. While I was writing, they became real to me, as I hope they will for you.

What time of year did you write it, and how did you motivate yourself to write a Christmas novel at that time of year?

As it turned out, I was writing Christmas Roses in the fall, so it wasn’t a huge stretch to imagine myself in a snow-covered landscape. One of the things I’ve discovered, though, is that when I’m immersed in my writing, I’m oblivious to the outside world. At one point, I was writing a book with a blizzard scene in the middle of a particularly hot July. When the doorbell interrupted me and I realized it was hot outside, I was shocked.

I love getting lost in the writing zone too. Just happened recently. What’s next for you in writing? (Will you do more Christmas stories?)

My next release (January 2013) is the second of the Westward Winds trilogy.  Like its predecessor Summer of Promise and Christmas Roses, Waiting for Spring is set in Wyoming. This time, though, I’ve used a real location, namely Cheyenne, rather than a fictional town. And, yes, I’d love to do another Christmas story. I have, in fact, proposed one to my editor. Will she buy it? I certainly hope so!

Thanks for visiting today! What a pleasure to see this behind-the-scenes peek. 

To learn more about Amanda Cabot, visit her website

Christmas Roses released September 1, 2012 from Revell. 

Celia Anderson doesn’t need anything for Christmas except a few more boarders, which are hard to come by in this small mining town. She certainly doesn’t have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a wandering carpenter finds lodging at her boarding house, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man—the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle to get roses during a harsh Wyoming winter. But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .

Amanda Cabot invites readers to cozy up with a romantic, heartwarming tale of the greatest gift of all—love.

 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for being with us today, Amanda! I recently read "Christmas Roses" and really enjoyed it. I don't want to give anything away to potential readers, so I'll just say that I loved the ending! ;-)

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