Christmas in September
Are you tired of learning about the characters in my upcoming story and ready to read the book already? I'm ready, too! And I have good news!
It comes out tomorrow!
I never thought I'd want to write a Christmas story. But I enjoyed doing this one.
I never thought I'd want to include a child in a story. But Hailey really adds some fun moments to this romance with all her eight-year-old sass.
I never thought I'd be able to write a novella, but now I'm working on another one!
In other words, this story has helped me overcome a lot of things I never thought I'd do. And I hope you enjoy it, as well as the other four stories, as much as I did.
Today is the last day for pre-order, which means the last day to snag the ebook at two dollars cheaper than normal. Check it out here. And keep reading to find out what the other stories are about, too. ;-)
Behind the story: Hailey
Behind the Story: Sam
Behind the Story: Charlie
As soon as I knew my Christmas novella had to be set on a beach, I knew where it was going to take place.
St. Simon's Island.
It's a little spot of paradise off the Georgia coast. And it's where I had my honeymoon.
Gnarled old oaks, limbs bent every which way and some even resting on the ground, all dripping with Spanish moss. An old lighthouse that has a fascinating story. An old fort. Quite a few ancient church buildings. And a beach full of shells and waves and salty air.
Want to go?
Every now and then, someone super special comes into your life, and four years ago, that's what happened to me. I met Sarah Anne Crouch when dropping my daughter off for Bible class one of the first Sundays we visited where we worship now. Our daughters became immediate best friends and Sarah and I followed suit. Although I'm not happy that she's moved to a different state, I am thrilled that she's just released her first book. And I know you're going to enjoy getting to know this special author, too.
Hi Sarah. Congrats on your first book. Can you tell me what first inspired you to be an author?
I've always loved stories. When I was a kid, I devoured any book I could get my hands on, and I wrote all kinds of terrible poems and mysteries and even one horror comedy. About ten years ago, my husband, who was probably sick of hearing me just talk about wanting to write, bought me a copy of Writing the Christian Romance by Gail Gaymer Martin. A few years later, I only had a partially completed manuscript, but I met a very nice lady at church (named Amy Anguish!) who encouraged me to keep writing. And I'm so glad she did!
What made you choose Northwest Arkansas as your setting?
I consider Arkansas, specifically Northwest Arkansas, my home. There just aren't enough books set in Arkansas, in my opinion. Shady Springs is loosely based on the town I grew up in, Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The real town has a State Battlefield Park, an abundance of antique shops, and a popular craft fair every Labor Day weekend. The fictional town has a few changed details, but I tried to bring the real-life charm of Prairie Grove to the page.
This is a place for me to tell you about what I'm writing, talk about the process or where some of my ideas came from, or even have other authors come in and talk about their books.
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