Hi, Adriana. Thank you for having me here today to chat. For the past three years, I’ve written short stories. Oh, I’ve written books, but the short story bug caught me, and I haven’t been able to stop. One project I’d like to talk about is a holiday story, “Twinkle Lights,” which will be published through Muse It Up Publishing.
What’s Twinkle Lights about, Vicki?
When the owner of a Christmas tree stand has a heart attack, a do-gooder and a reformed high school delinquent turned lawyer fall under the spell of the holiday spirit and staff the business. The two-some meet the everyday challenges of running the establishment and through their close association, began to care for each other. But when the revenue goes missing, fingers are pointed.
Neat! How did you come up with the idea?
Most holiday-related stories are written way in advance. For example, Christmas or New Year themed ones are submitted by June or July. Valentines’s by September. This gives time for the editors to see if they want it, contracts signed, art work created, story published in a short turnaround. So you might think it funny if you asked me in May what I was writing and I answered “a Christmas story.”
In this case, I wanted to write a story about Christmas trees. I have a special place in my heart for real ones; so it was important for my characters to feel the same way. And just like real people, they go to the same stand every year. My hero and heroine like fresh, Fraser firs and buy them at Axel’s Christmas tree stand, just like their parents did. The revenue brought in benefits the children’s cancer wing at the local hospital.
But what if??? Axel has a heart attack? What if?? the H/H decide to man the stand for him? And the big what if??? the money goes missing? Gasp. I like to play what if???
Two nice characters are boring. I sprinkled in some background: The hero went to school with the heroine’s brother and was known as being a delinquent. In real life, those labels can follow a person for a long while. The heroine is known as a do-gooder. All nice and tidy, perfectly wrapped with a bow. Why would she want to team up with a former delinquent, even if he is a lawyer now?
And for the really fun part–I inject humor. Try this:
His gaze flicked to the sign then to me. “I get my trees here every year.”
“They’re the best.”
“I don’t know.”
“I bet Axel’s already set up the trees. Wanna take a peek?”
I gave him my best questioning minds want to know look. “Isn’t that breaking and entering?”
“A little B & E in a tent? Possibly.” He flashed a good-looking, pearly grin. He untied a couple of straps and lifted the flap, waiting for me to precede him. “Come on, live dangerously. We’ll be okay.”
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Sounds awesome. Can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for carving time out to visit, Vicki!
If you’d like to learn more about Vicki Batman, and her other work, please visit her blog at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com