Tuesday, 25 February 2020

I Interviews

Interview: Melody Carlson

Please tell us about your new novel, Christmas in Winter Hill.

Ready for a fresh start, Krista Galloway accepts a city manager job in a small town. Relocating with an eight-year-old daughter from Arizona to the Northwest in winter comes with its own challenges, including Christmas . . . and Krista is not a fan. But young Emily is over the moon for all that Winter Hill has to offer. Thanks to the welcome of a friendly carlson_melodyfamily, Krista begins to warm up to the community, but unforeseen troubles threaten to undo everything.

 

Winter Hill, Washington, has a huge annual Christmas celebration. Have you ever lived in a town that celebrates Christmas in a big way?

I just happen to live in a small town that thoroughly enjoys Christmas. Like Winter Hill, we are located in the mountains and usually have snow. We have our annual Christmas parade and tree- and town-lighting night, as well as things like sleigh rides and winter sports nearby. It really does help to put you in the Christmas spirit.

 

Do Krista’s feelings about Christmas strike any chords with you personally? Have you ever had a year where it was hard to get into the Christmas spirit?

I’ve had a number of difficult Christmases, but that’s just life . . . and family. I’ve learned to lower expectations and simplify. The most important thing to me is just being with loved ones and remembering the real reason for the season.

 

What do you do each year to get ready for the Christmas season?

Every year is a bit different. But going out to the woods to cut down our tree (usually about twelve feet tall) tends to put me in the spirit. We often go with friends and make it an event with hot cocoa to celebrate finding the perfect trees. Afterwardwe put up the tree, which I love to leave undecorated at first (just enjoying the pine smell), then add strings of lights a day or two later . . . and Christmas music . . . and then I’m pretty much set.

 

What do you love most about Christmas?

I love that it’s the celebration of the greatest gift of all—that God sent his mercy and grace in the form of his Son. That isChristmas in Winter Hill why, even in trying times, I can still celebrate.

 

What was your inspiration for writing Christmas in Winter Hill?

The true inspiration for the town Winter Hill was birthed clear across the country in South Carolina, where a charming town named Rock Hill pulls out all the stops for Christmas. I was the guest there one year to talk about another Christmas book, and all the things Rock Hill does for Christmas aretruly amazing.

 

What do you hope readers gain from your new novel?

As always, I hope they’ll have an enjoyable read, feel uplifted, and be ready to take on Christmas.

 

What’s next on your writing to-do list?

I’m working on a novel set in summertime called The Happy Camper—and having a very fun time with it.

 

How can readers connect with you?

Through MelodyCarlson.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Facebook,Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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