Please help me welcome my dear friend, Elissa Wilds, author of the novella Snowman in of ONE ENCHANTED SEASON, our anthology of magical holiday romance, available now in ebook (print copy coming soon).
This is the story of how unfashionable lateness led to publication of a romance novel.
A couple years ago, despite all my good intentions, I was very, very late to arrive at a writer’s conference. When I finally made it, frazzled and cranky, and rehearsing my apology to my roommate, the hotel desk clerk handed me my room key and told me that I was one lucky girl. I was being given the best room in the hotel for the same rate as a regular room. Why? Because, like me, my roommate had also been running late and had arrived shortly before I did. The hotel had promised us a room with an ocean view and, by the time either of us had arrived at the hotel, they’d inadvertently filled them all except for one. You guessed it. The penthouse. As you can imagine, I was quite delighted by this turn of events – as was my roommate. Ahem! (Yes, my roommate was C.L. Wilson)
I discovered there are many benefits to staying in the penthouse – beautiful view, lots of space, privacy, and more beds and bathrooms then two women could possibly use. But by far the best perk was that our room became the party room. We made a point of inviting as many folks as possible to our evening soirees in the penthouse. It was, as you can imagine, great fun!
At our final party, we were hanging with some writer friends, sipping wine, rehashing the conference, and talking about the upcoming holidays. That’s when the idea for One Enchanted Season was born. We decided we’d each pick a holiday song to inspire a paranormal holiday romance. Everyone started spouting out songs and weighing options. I might have even sung a jingle or two (it was the wine, you see). If it hadn’t been for tardiness, we wouldn’t have been given the penthouse, the party wouldn’t have happened, and One Enchanted Season wouldn’t exist. Yup, in this case, lateness paid off – in more ways than one.
My favorite holiday movie as a kid was Frosty the Snowman. I grew up in Wisconsin where I’d build snowmen in the winter with my eight brothers and sisters and those snowman were never complete without a face and a hat. I would imagine my snowman coming to life just like Frosty did. It was definitely the song I wanted to work with. Having chosen my song, I went about creating my hero. I considered all the usual paranormal suspects – gods, vampires, faeries, shifters, etc, but none of them seemed to fit the bill just right. My Snowman needed to be a little different. He needed to arrive in the winter, for sure. He needed to have the characteristics of winter itself – pale, cool skin? Check. Ice-blue eyes and hair almost as fair as snow? Check. A heart ready for a thaw? Ah, yes! Check! The “snowman” in my book isn’t actually made of snow, but he does bring magic to my heroine, and just like those children in Frosty the Snowman, once she meets him, her world is forever changed.
Speaking of worlds, one of the things I adore most about paranormal/fantasy romances is that you get to explore new, magical worlds. If you were given a special gift this year of an all expenses paid trip to the fictional destination of your choice – where would you go? Me? I’d visit Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry of Harry Potter fame. I would love to explore those secret passages and shifting staircases!! Okay, your turn!!
P.S. In the spirit of “world exploration,” one lucky commenter today will receive this adorable sparkly “suitcase” holiday ornament, a collection of chocolate bars from “around the world” and a signed copy of The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 – a collection of paranormal romance stories chock full of exciting and unique paranormal worlds.
Elissa Wilds is multi-published in paranormal romance by Dorchester Publishing, Running Press, and Montlake Publishing. Her work has received rave reviews and has garnered a number of awards including placement in the prestigious 2009 Published Maggie Award of Excellence Contest and the Grand Prize win in the 2010 Laurie’s Best Published Contest. You can find her online at http://elissawilds.com