Today I'd like to welcome Nancy O'Berry...
Why does one write a Christmas story?
I can't think of a better time to write about the anticipation, the wonder, and the spirit of the season. Christmas carries its own special magic, whether it is in the anticipation we see in a child's eyes or if it's just something in the air, but it is there. We remember the wide-eyed innocence of being children and waiting for that night when Santa would come down the chimney. The anticipation of that event was far more exciting that actually getting the gifts. Oh, as adults, we might complain about the "commercial" aspect of the season, but if we stop and we think about our own youth, we recall the joy in hearing those first ho, ho, ho's, which heralded the season of giving.
In A Cordial Christmas, I hope to capture the spirit of our youth through the eyes of Lucy Watson, a young girl coming to her grandfather's home with her aunt for her "first" Christmas and contrast it with the dire despair of the hero Dobson Winters, who feels he has lost it all. This story has the feel of It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. As I wrote, the one thought that came back to circle in my mind was the quote on the front cover. "When a man thinks he has nothing to live for, life as a way of coming full circle". Christmas brings us all back to that central question, "What do I have to give? Will my contribution to the world really make that much of a difference?" The fact is, without our knowing, our lives do make a difference. The smallest act of kindness never goes unrewarded, even if we can't see the benefit of our actions. This is what the season is about.
This story reminds us, how important it is to be there, in the present, passing on the hope, the ideas, the dreams to the future generations. Dobson Winters' life will come full circle in a way he never expected. When an old enemy tells him on his deathbed that he's planned a way to redeem his soul whether he wants it or not by writing in his will, he must marry his daughter Holly.
I hope you'll enjoy A Cordial Christmas just as much as I enjoyed writing it. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our house to yours.
And here's a sweet extract from Nancy's Story:
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