As I hope you’ll have seen over the years, this blog isn’t only about me. And I think that’s a good thing because I can be very boring (and mumble on about me and my books as little too much). It’s always a pleasure to point you in the direction of good writing, especially when it’s by good people and Katey Lovell most certainly qualifies as one of those.
And Katey has a new short story out (and God knows how much I love them) with Harper Impulse very soon for Christmas and you can pre-order it here for only 50p. That, in real terms, is bugger all. And here she is to talk about Christmas traditions…
When I wrote the first seven stories in the Meet Cute series back in spring 2014 it never even crossed my mind to set one at Christmas. It was only when Charlotte Ledger, my editor at Harper Impulse, suggested adding a festive romance to the mix that I realised this was the story I’d always wanted to write.
I’m a big fan of Christmas. I love cosying up with a good book, a blanket wrapped over my knee and a hot chocolate at my side, with the twinkling tree lights as my backdrop. I love watching the candles on the advent wreath being lit at Sunday mass, counting down to December 25th. I love the carols, and mince pies, and wrapping presents. I love the way the days around Christmas blur together, how time loses its significance. And I’ve always loved romantic fiction set at winter time, so to get the opportunity to write my own was an enormous thrill.
I knew I wanted to convey as many traditional aspects of Christmas as I could in The Boy under the Mistletoe. Protagonist Chelsea has been working hard all day on Christmas Eve, and as much as she loves Christmas, she finds it hard to muster up the energy to go to her Gran’s party. So many people will be able to relate to that – it’s an exhausting time of year. However, when she gets there, she finds herself in a familiar, comforting scene; her Gran handing out nibbles whilst the scent of mulled wine wafts through the air, the same glass baubles that adorn Gran’s tree year upon year catching the light, and her attention.
Then, of course, there’s the mistletoe of the title. And we all know the tradition that goes along with that! However, it’s fair to say Chelsea and Simeon’s is not the most conventional of meetcutes…
I won’t say any more because it’s a short story and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone planning to read it, but hopefully I’ve managed to capture the magical essence of Christmas in The Boy under the Mistletoe. It was a pleasure to write (in the middle of August!) and a dream come true.
The Boy under the Mistletoe
Every Happily Ever After began with a Once Upon a Time…
After working a busy Christmas Eve shift at her family’s flower shop, Chelsea can barely keep her eyes open for her Gran’s annual festive get-together. Can her Christmas dreams come true under the mistletoe?
A festive short story by romance author Katey Lovell, part of the Meet Cute series.
The Boy Under the Mistletoe is published in ebook format on December 17th 2015 by Harper Impulse, the digital first romance imprint of Harper Collins. It is available to preorder now from:
Katey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown and still tapes the show every night. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.
She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their seven year old son.