Saturday, November 13, 2010
Wild Card Weekend - Conjuring Christmas
I love writing Christmas stories but I usually end up starting the book in early November, long before I’m ready to start feeling festive. Over the years I’ve learned to fastrack myself into a Christmas mood, so today I’m sharing my tricks with you just in case you’re about to write a festive story. This is how I conjure up Christmas…….
• Light a scented candle. Smell is very evocative and a few years ago I discovered a great winter scented candle that really makes me think of Christmas. I love the comforting flicker of the flame and the scent of cinnamon and spice.
• Make a Christmas playlist. I always use music to influence my mood, and Christmas is no exception. As well as the obvious Christmas carols, I love early choral music and playing it quietly in the background provides atmosphere without distraction.
• Mood board. For a Christmas book I always create a mood board. I cover it in pictures of snow, pine trees, log fires – all the things I’ll be using in my Christmas story.
• Build a snowman. All right, I confess I’ve never actually done this because we’ve never had enough snow in November to allow the construction of even the smallest snowman, but I keep hoping because I know that building a snowman would make me feel Christmassy.
• Christmas movies. If all else fails, I’ll watch a Christmas movie (although obviously this isn’t top of my list because if I’m watching a movie, I’m not writing and I don’t need any more reasons to move away from the keyboard). My particular favourites for inducing that festive feeling are Love Actually, While you Were Sleeping and Home Alone).
The Twelve Nights of Christmas is Sarah’s first festive story for Harlequin Presents and features a heroine who loves Christmas and a hero who does everything he can to avoid it. It’s a book full of secrets and things that sparkle and yes, there’s a snowman. The book is a November release for Harlequin Presents Extra and has been nominated for a 2010 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award.