November 18, 2015

wcw: meet ivy from 'making christmas'

Every good love story needs a relatable, but badass heroine to cheer on to victory. This Woman Crush Wednesday, get to know Ivy, the lead character in Making Christmas, now available in All I Want For Christmas from Marching Ink.

If I could be any of the characters I've created when I grow up, I would want to be Ivy from Making Christmas. She's been on some adventures--like living and thriving for years in San Francisco--is a super inventive and productive worker--and entrepreneur--and she has a wardrobe I covet. And she also recognizes the importance of stopping to smell the flowers and taking time to celebrate the moment.

Yes, Ivy is who I would like to be when I get where I'm going.

Creating Ivy was a lot of fun. To develop her new profession as the owner of Whiskers on Kittens, a eco-friendly/organic/DIY mail order pet product line, I drew inspiration from my hometown. In recent years Lincoln, Nebraska, has become the home of several Internet startups. I also used my kittens, and their particular likes and dislikes, to create the product. (My cat, Jane, was also the real life inspiration for Ivy's cat, Hazel.) There's a small part of me that wishes this story had been longer so I could explore Ivy's job more extensively.

(Incidentally, my friend and I totally want to pursue this as a business, but it would mean learning more skills than I can imagine at present.)

And while looks aren't everything, I see Glee alumni Dianna Agron portraying Ivy in the Hallmark adaptation. While she definitely has Ivy's blonde hair and brown eyes down, I also think she has the ability to portray Ivy's warmth and ambition.


And now the questionnaire to get to know Ivy a bit better...

Favorite Christmas Song: Hands down, it has always been, and will always be, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." I grew up watching classic movies like Meet Me in St. Louis, and I always loved that song.

Favorite Christmas Movie: Again, I kind of like older movies, like Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Beautiful Life.

Favorite Holiday Treat: I like gingerbread and ginger snaps. I'm a fan of anything with a little spice.

Favorite Holiday Drink: I recently discovered a gingerbread latte that I really like.

Favorite Holiday Memory: Christmas is also my birthday, so my parents always worked really hard to make it a special day for me and then fun for my family. To do that, my parents would wake me up really early, and we'd have a little celebration just the three of us. They did the same thing for my siblings on their birthdays too, and I always thought it was lovely to have that little smaller celebration time.

About Making Christmas
While settling into a new career in a new community, Ivy is determined not to let the holiday season pass her by. Enter the grownup advent calendar: twenty-four days of festivities to celebrate Christmas. What begins as a bit of fun turns into a mission to spread cheer when she meets Everett. After learning about his bad Christmas attitude, she invites him to join her quest. Despite his initial reservations, Everett quickly gets caught up in the spirit of the calendar. But when new feelings surface and are impossible to ignore, Everett’s inner curmudgeon threatens to put a damper on the whole experience.

All I Want For Christmas is Now Available

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