December 15, 2013

a cup of good cheer

I mention music a lot when it comes to my writing, because music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. When writing "Twelve Drummers Drumming," the romantic holiday short featured in Merry & Bright, music played an even more significant part in shaping the story, because it involves a rock band.

As previously mentioned, one of the teasing conversations my main characters Autumn and Tuck have revolves around bands and musicians making holiday albums. I asked my fellow Merry & Bright authors to share the Christmas songs they thought would best fit their stories, which was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun, and it got me thinking about a related story I can share with you readers.

Because I'm big on dropping truth bombs, here's another one: I've been playing this game with people long before I even considered writing this story. You know the game: "If you were a vocal artist trying to capitalize on your fame by releasing a Christmas album, what non-original holiday songs would make it on your record? Traditional, non-traditional, whatever."

I started asking people this my freshman year of college, while I was working at a shipping store. As you can imagine, December was a pretty busy time for us, and the store's speakers were always blasting Christmas tunes. I suppose it was only natural the subject would come up.

By senior year, I'd even come up with a name for my fictional Christmas album. I'd call it, "A Cup of Good Cheer." For whatever reason, that struck me as pretty funny and it stuck.

And while the musical selections have evolved through the years, many have stayed the same. Most importantly, I like to think they still protect the dignity of my non-existent music career. Let's check out what hit's I'd cover as of this year...

Now it's your turn -- what songs would you cover? And what would you name you album?

About the Book
Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you'll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.
Merry & Bright, featuring "Twelve Drummers Drumming" is available from Simon & Fig. Add to Goodreads. Buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo.

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