Author Interview: Christmas Edition: Ann Brodeur

Congratulations on your release!

Give us a quick one paragraph summary of your latest release.

SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS: 

Unwrapping their past – one secret at a time

Owning her own PR firm is all reporter Stephanie Clark wants for Christmas, but the idea of running a prestigious election campaign in the country’s capital throws her stomach into knots. A last minute vacation road trip to focus and to seek God’s direction for her life ends up in disaster when she gets caught in the worst snowstorm to hit Vermont in over a decade, crashing her into a small town and the one person she’d rather forget.

Is this book part of a series, or a stand-alone?

At the moment SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS is a stand-alone, with some plans of eventually writing a complete series.

Do you have a favorite book based around the holidays? (besides your own amazing book of course!) Tell us why it’s your favorite.

Every year I re-read Christmas favourites by author Debbie Macomber. I don’t know what it is about her holiday stories, but I just can’t get enough of them and have a tidy collection on my bookshelf. Some of my favourite reads are DASHING THROUGHT THE SNOW, THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS and MERRY AND BRIGHT. Of course, the Mrs. Miracle books are fun reads as well. I really didn’t like the movie adaptation of Dashing Through the Snow, but the Mrs. Miracle movies are well done and capture the spirit of her character well.

When it comes to Christian fiction, I enjoy re-reading the Red Glove novellas by Karen Kingsbury, and any of the Barbour publishing collection of Christmas stories. I have Julie Klassen’s IVY HILL CHRISTMAS and the regency collection, JOY TO THE WORLD waiting to be read on my Kobo. So, I have a feeling I might have some new Christian Fiction holiday favourites this year.

When it comes to Christian fiction, I enjoy re-reading the Red Glove novellas by Karen Kingsbury, and any of the Barbour publishing collection of Christmas stories. I have Julie Klassen’s IVY HILL CHRISTMAS and the regency collection, JOY TO THE WORLD waiting to be read on my Kobo. So, I have a feeling I might have some new Christian Fiction holiday favourites this year.

What inspired you to write a book based around Christmas?

I’d have to say it’s all those Christmas stories by Debbie Macomber that inspired me to write a Christmas novel. There’s just something magical about the time of year that makes for great romance stories.

What’s your favorite holiday dessert?

Everything.

I have a crazy sweet tooth and Christmas provides the perfect opportunity for me to indulge (*smile*).

In addition to the dozens of cookies I bake every year, one dessert I make is une bûche de Noël, or a Christmas yule log. My husband is French-Canadian and this is a very traditional dessert to have. We gobble it up in no time on Christmas Eve.

Another dessert I like to make is Black Forest Cake for Christmas Day. When I was little, my mom used to bake that for really special occasions. It’s something I like to do for my own little family.

And then, there’s the gingerbread house. We build it (usually from a kit because my gingerbread has been a huge fail on more than one occasion) and then eat it after we’ve taken the required number of pictures.

What’s your favorite holiday dinner?

I love mixing traditional French-Canadian dishes with those of my heritage (English Canadian and Ukranian). On Christmas Eve we stick to tourtière, bûche de Noël, and a selection of cheeses. Christmas Day is a mix of turkey, kielbasa, salads and hot veggies, followed by cake. I try not to go too crazy with the amount of food, but there`s usually enough left over for us to enjoy on Boxing Day too.

Was there anything in your book inspired by real life experiences?

The setting of SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS was inspired by a Christmas festival held in the town of Middlebury, Vermont. From the end of November through to the end of December they celebrate Christmas with a variety of events and activities (Very Merry Middlebury https://experiencemiddlebury.com/annual-events/very-merry-middlebury/). I thought this was a fantastic backdrop for a holiday romance and now I want to visit Middlebury during the holidays to experience the festival myself.

What’s the most important thing about the Christmas season?

The one aspect of Christmas we really try to emphasize in our family is that the season is about God’s love to us. We try to show His love to others by the things we do for them (like secretly shoveling elderly neighbours’ driveways or delivering cookies with a gospel tract). We talk about the birth of Christ and what it means for us. When it comes to gift-giving, we really try to stress the best gift we can ever receive is God’s Son, Jesus. Our littlest ones relate gift-giving to the wise men giving gifts to Jesus.

I think with all the challenges 2020 has thrown at so many families, we need to be reminded that there is Someone who cares about us. That if we have God in our lives, we’ll never be alone and He will always provide.

Where can readers find you online? I’d love to have readers sign up for my newsletter on my website (http://brodeurwrites.com),

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GoodReads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20786619.Ann_Brodeur)

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Snowbound in Winterberry Falls is available now!

A buried story. A powerful senator. A Christmas they won’t forget. 

Owning her own PR firm is all reporter Stephanie Clark wants for Christmas, but the idea of running a prestigious election campaign in the country’s capital throws her stomach into knots. A last minute vacation road trip to focus and seek God’s direction for her life ends up in disaster when she gets caught in the worst snowstorm to hit Vermont in over a decade, crashing her into a small town and the one person she’d rather forget. 

Former photojournalist Jason Miller hadn’t planned on being solely responsible for saving his family business from financial ruin. He’s barely keeping the newspaper in print, his News Editor has gone AWOL during the town’s most celebrated holiday festival, and reports of missing Christmas decorations have everyone on edge.  

When a desperate knock at the newsroom door brings a ghost from Christmas past back into his life, can Jason make up for his prior behavior without breaking his promise to Stephanie’s father? Will Stephanie’s quest to solve the town’s Christmas caper—and uncover the truth about Jason’s disappearance—cost her everything she’s ever wanted?  

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