Ladybug Lin Holmes and Christmas Goes Green

Yes, I have a calendar just to my right, and I can see today is May first. I’m also aware very few people want to talk about Christmas at this time of year. (Only 238 more days!!!) But Christmas Goes Green by Lin Holmes isn’t some sappy Lifetime Christmas story… it’s more of an A&E type story.

Lin Holmes, affectionately known as Ladybug Lin at Muse It Up Publishing and elsewhere about the web, had dedicated herself to helping all of the authors at Muse It Up (read her review of Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud here). I wanted to do something for Lin in return, so I offered to review one of her stories (I haven’t written the review yet–but I’ll link it here when I do) and interview her about it, which is posted below. I read it one night while walking on the treadmill–an activity I despise, but Christmas Goes Green helped pass the time and even made it an enjoyable experience.

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THIS IS BOOK THREE IN A SERIES. HOW DOES IT RELATE TO THE FIRST TWO?

I began this series with the idea of subbing it to another publisher my daughter author Kat Holmes was with at that time. They only had a few themes open for new authors at the time. Horror and holiday. I didn’t want to try my hand at horror at that time, so decided to give HOLIDAY a try. 

Shortly before this a man who’d spent years as a local Santa was arrested for…well…he was just not going to play Santa ever again. That got me thinking. Retail relies heavily on their Christmas Season…what would a store owner do if Santa was arrested mere days before the BIG DAY? 

I went a step further and wondered how would the FEMALE Santa fair if she’s not physically perfect. That’s how Angie Brightwell came into being.

Luckily before I finished writing SANTA IS A LADY Kat and I learned Lea Schizas and Litsa Kamateros were opening MUSE IT UP PUBLISHING…At the end of March 2010…(March 28) I sent SANTA to Lea…less than three hours later on March 29th, I got my contract, and SANTA released on December 1, 2010…and won the 2010 Preditors and Editors 5th place award in January 2011.

Book Two: THE CHRISTMAS WAR is the story of Beck Cavington…she’s the owner of the shop in Book One that needed a Santa. In One, you’re going to want to smack her upside her head a lot. 

In this book, we find out why she behaved the way she does. She has a mother…a social climbing mother, who is determined, for her own reasons to marry her daughter off to a man she, the mother, can control before Beck turns 35, a few days after Christmas, and Beck’s inheritance is released to her. 

We’ll learn how it came to be that Angie’s family came to Northeringale allowing Angie and Beck to become best friends. Reverend Hank Childress throws a few monkey wrenches into Irene Cavington’s designs for her daughter.

At the end of Book Two, we have everyone going to Angie’s as she gives birth to her baby. There we meet the midwife, Tierney who will be the heroine in Book Three CHRISTMAS GOES GREEN. Tierney is half leprechaun, and half human witch.

ANYTHING MORE YOU WANT TO SAY ABOUT THE FIRST TWO STORIES:

I will add you’re going to LOATHE Irene Cavington, Beck’s Mom…and I think you’ll cheer for the resolution of how Irene is ultimately dealt with.

HOW IS THE RELATIONSHIP OF TIERNEY AND MARTHA LIKE YOU AND KAT?

It’s very similar…although neither of us is really petite, and neither of us have the kinds of elemental power either of those two have…WOW…if we did we’d be selling books like J.D. Robb or J.K. Rowlings already. 🙂

I’M REMINDED OF RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, BUT FOR ADULTS. WHAT INSPIRED YOUR USE OF SANTA CLAUS, CHRIS KRINKLE, LEPRECHAUNS, ETC.?

Northeringale is a land of Christmas Magic, but magic exists in many forms around the world. I wanted to bring a bit of expanded flavor to Northeringale. In Book One, Angie and Cam are our heroes. She’s a woman who’s had to survive against incredible odds, and he’s a man who’s served in Iraq, then had to fight his late wife’s Iraqi brothers to get his daughter back from their avaricious claws so he can bring her to Northeringale and give her her first magical Christmas. 

In Book Two, we have Beck, whom we wanted to smack up side her head a lot in Book One…and we have Hank…Cam’s best friend from Iraq, who just happens to be a minister and lawyer, coming to Northeringale hoping for the job of minister made available when the late minister passed on. Beck is Angie’s best friend, Hank is Cam’s. 

In Book Three I wondered what kind of EXTRA magic could I bring to Northeringale? Leprechauns, I decided, would LOVE the idea of Santa…meeting him…maybe…sneaking a peek at him as he goes about filling stockings and patting his magical reindeer…I’d already introduced Chris and his store in book one…it wasn’t too much of a leap to imagine he’s half elf half human…oh and Santa’s son…not that everyone in Northeringale would be privy to that information…But Martha, is a powerful witch…she’d recognize the magical signatures of others. 

I imagine Northeringale as a place where all kinds of magic exists. As far as I know Book three IS the finalé, but you never know. There’s all kinds of magical beings that may find their way into Northeringale in the years to come. 

SANTA WAS A BIT MORE OF A…WELL, A LADIES MAN THAN I’VE EVER SEEN HIM PORTRAYED. WHAT INSPIRED THIS CHARACTERISTIC?

Santa’s an immortal…the HEAD elf…so to speak…he and Mrs. Claus have been around for a long time. 

He spends most of his days playing with little elves…but he’s still a man when he settles in at night with his Mrs. 

Since I’d already introduced Chris Krinkle in Book One, it wasn’t too much of a stretch to make him Santa’s son. Once I did that, it wasn’t hard to imagine Santa as a matchmaker. For Santa to know enough to try his hand at matchmaking, he really needed to be established in a loving, adult relationship. It just took off from there. (Can you imagine Santa as a doting Grandfather? Hmmm I did say there MIGHT be more stories taking place in Northeringale in the future didn’t I?)

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11 responses to “Ladybug Lin Holmes and Christmas Goes Green

  1. Wonderful interview. I love stories with villains you hope get what they deserve. The idea of a female Santa is interesting too. Congratulations, Lin. I’m adding these stories to my TBR list for when I catch up on my reading. Have a nice weekend.

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    • Thanks Beverly. I enjoyed writing this series…and while answering Eric’s question an idea for book four popped into my head.

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    • “When I catch up on my reading,” ??? Is this possible. Good luck and thanks for dropping in Beverly. By the way, I have one of yours on my “when I get caught up list.” I thought I’d get to it in June, here it is late July.

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