Last fall, I had the pleasure of hanging out with authors Karen Witemeyer (who we all know well here at Inspired by Life), Kristi Ann Hunter, and Sarah Loudin Thomas at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference. We all write for Bethany House and Karen, who’s become quite the matriarch of Bethany House novella collections, floated the idea of a multi generational novella collection.
You see, Kristi writes stories set in Regency England. Karen writes the American West. Sarah writes mid-twentieth century settings. And I write modern day stories.
What if we were to write about four heroines descended from one another, linked by a piece of jewelry handed down through the generations?
Karen followed up with us after the conference. We brainstormed via Skype (with only minor technical difficulties) and decided that our piece of jewelry would be a Luckenbooth brooch and that it would come complete with a family legend. Family legend: the bearer of the brooch shall be destined to find true love.
I decided to participate in this upcoming novella collection for a few reasons….
#1 I really like the other ladies involved.
#2 I really like the multi generational novella idea. It sparked my creativity and imagination!
#3 I really like offering a Christmas-set story as a companion piece to my family series. I wrote a Christmas short story entitled The Proposal for my Porter series. (By the way, should you be in the mood for a little holiday cheer in June, The Proposal is free for download until midnight for those of you with Kindles.) I wanted to write something Christmas-y for my Bradford Sisters series, too.
All that to say, I’m currently writing a Christmas-set novella that ties into my Bradford Sisters series for a multi generational novella collection featuring a magical old brooch. The collection will be available in the fall of 2018 and is, as yet, untitled.
I can tell you that my story is about a heroine named Maddie who works at a chocolate shop called Sweet Art….
And a hero named Leo who’s a history professor….
And that Maddie and Leo live in a quaint little town in the Pacific Northwest called Merryweather….
For the past two weeks, it’s been Christmastime in my imagination!
What are you up to this summer? Are you a fan of multi-generational stories?