Friday, December 18, 2015
I often find myself thinking back on years gone by this time of year...reflecting. I also find myself sometimes wishing I had a blockbuster holiday book...any holiday would do. One that comes out every year, say with a new cover, one that is a classic, part of the (in this case) Christmas tradition.
Well guess what? I do have a Christmas book! It was published in 1998 (around then I think) and it is out of print (this I definitely know for sure). You can find it on Amazon though. Just so you know.
Funny thing is I did not write this book as a Christmas book. Yes! Christmas is in the book. So are a lot of other things. A girl, Megan, and her handicapped brother, her family and a friend for starters. And yes she does hope for "a real Christmas this year" (read that as normal). But she also struggles with having a family member who is handicapped ( a little like me growing up but not the same). And she begins to realize that she might not be alone with her problems(a new friend, a boy, has a sister who goes to the same school as her brother ).
I happened to go to Google to check on my Christmas titled book and see what is happening. (It's not a bad idea to check up on your orphaned books once in a while).
Well the reviews are pretty great. The teacher who reads it to her class every year. Each student loved this book. A tremendous ending. Wow!
They got me thinking, remembering, even made me a little weepy.
Made me remember the people who contacted me when that book came out and told me how much it meant to them.
By the end of the book Megan does get a special Christmas, her whole family does(she helps make it happen). Not real or normal (whatever that is). But special. That's not a spoiler, just a tease.
So I reflect (with the help of Google). I do have a good little book there. Not a Christmas blockbuster. Maybe not even a Christmas book. A book that resonates with readers..makes them laugh...and cry.
An all year 'round book with some Christmas magic.
A little reflection can go a long way. My hope for my readers is for some time to reflect over the holidays. I hope you, like Megan, find something special and maybe even a little magic...