Christmas thoughts in unlikely places
My scrolling was on Twitter; I was reading the same thread that pops up occasionally, a conversation about the predictability of Hallmark Christmas films. This time the conversation had a twist: what if someone wrote a Hallmark Christmas in reverse. Lori Perkins, the publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, posted that she’d love to see such a book. I posted that I’d love to write it.
And there it was, the challenge. My curiosity sparked, I
started to imagine what elements I’d flip and which ones I’d keep. Obviously,
the meet cute and happy ending would stay. The sparkling, festive, snowy
backdrop as well as the allover feel good vibe, also were a must. For the flip,
I focused on the heroine. I wanted to move her from a rural location to an
urban one and take her from a sort-of successful career into a high pressure
very successful one. The hero, I also wanted to flip. Why not a man seeking to
get out of his high stress job?
I knew I wanted the happy ending for my story to be a
small-town girl accepting a high-pressure job and moving to a city to be with a
business-suit-wearing urbanite. Inspired by my personal favorite Christmas
movies, I selected New York for my city. Inspired by my own experiences with
country living, I added in some chickens and small-town drama.
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