24 November 2009

Spotlight on Christmas Novels with Missy Tippens

Today we are spotlighting A Forever Christmas by Missy Tippens. Welcome Missy thanks for sharing about your latest release. I haven't read this book yet but I know its on the way and Im looking forward to reading it.

1. Firstly can you tell us something about yourself we may not know or you would like to share?
Well, since we're talking about my Christmas book, I'll share something I hate to admit! Once when I was in high school, there was a gift under the tree that was driving me crazy! It was expertly wrapped and was from this really cool boutique where a lot of my friends shopped--but my mom had never taken me because it was so expensive. So I was just DYING to know what was in that package. And (here's the shameful part!), I snuck and opened it enough to see what was inside!! It was a gorgeous sweater. But I felt so horribly guilty I could hardly enjoy it! LOL

There, my secret is out. Please don't tell anyone! :) (Jenny here your secrets safe with us. I admit to having done the same thing.)

2. As this month I’m focusing on Christmas books can you tell us how you came to write a Christmas book?
I was actually plotting this book last year in December! And I was writing a blog post for the new Craftie Ladies of Romance blog where we were had a theme of the twelve days of Christmas. The idea for the book hit me while thinking of that blog post! (Jenny again, I remember those blog posts)

3. How did you come up with the title “A forever Christmas” it sounds really cool.

My previous book, His Forever Love, is about a town where there is a tree everyone calls The Forever Tree. Legend says that a couple that holds hands around the tree will have forever love. So when I was writing a Christmas story about the town, I knew I had to have the word Forever in the title. Plus, I wanted to hint at the fact that my hero and heroine would be having Christmases together…forever! :)

4. Did you find it easier having a topic?
You know, in some ways it’s easier. You automatically have a setting to work with—all the sights and sounds and smells and decorations. But in some ways it made it more difficult because it put me on a tight deadline for getting the book finished in time! :)

5. How did you come up with the characters for your story?

The hero was the brother of my heroine in His Forever Love, so I already had him basically set up. But I had to find just the heroine for him. I went through a few different versions of the story before I finally hit on one that my editor thought would work.

6. Do you have a message you hope readers take out of your story?

There’s a theme of forgiveness in this book—forgiveness of others and of ourselves (which is sometimes harder!). The theme Bible verse I chose (or maybe I should say that God chose for me) is:

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:11-12

7. Can you tell us a little about your book?

I’d love to! Here’s the back cover blurb:

Sarah Radcliffe’s quiet Christmas back in her hometown will be lost if she agrees to direct the church’s Christmas pageant. But when she meets two little boys determined to gain their father’s attention, Sarah agrees to help. Then she discovers that the dad in question is Gregory Jones, the man she loved and lost.
The single dad is working himself to the bone to give his boys the Christmas of their dreams, when all they want is some family time. Time that includes a new mommy. If Sarah can learn to open her heart, she may receive the most wonderful
present of all—a family of her own.

8. Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share?

At this point, I’m waiting to hear on my next proposal. By the time you post this, I hope to have good news! :) (Jenny here on Missys blog today I read her proposal was accepted Congrats Missy)

9. Finally where can we find you one the net?

http://www.missytippens.com/, http://www.lifewithmissy.blogspot.com/, and you can find links for other group blogs. I hope you’ll visit me! And also, look for me on Facebook, Shoutlife, My Space, Goodreads, Shelfari.

Thanks for having me, Jenny!


Missy Tippens said...

Thanks for having me, Jenny!!

And yes, I've been celebrating another book sale since Friday. :)

Kate from Goodreads said...

I love the idea of a forever tree and that this novel is set in the Christmas season, it's all so romantic! Great interview Jenny and Missy, thanks for the info on your latest novel!

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