Welcome Karen!

Karen has a new Christmas Extravaganza story, Saved by a Christmas Angel 

What is your writing schedule like?
Ahh, if only I had a schedule! That would make writing much simpler.
How did you come up with your title?
Honestly, it took a few tries. Most of the story takes place in Lauren’s family’s cabin. It is a place of peace and comfort for her, and it becomes a place of healing for Justin after he becomes stranded there. My first thought was to call the story The Christmas Cabin, but there’s already a book (and movie) with that title. I then started to think about the theme of angels in the book. Justin mistakes Lauren for an angel when he first wakes up from his accident. The angel on the top of the Christmas tree is part of a special holiday tradition for Lauren. The natural thought for a title was The Christmas Angel, but there are already books with that title as well. I landed on Saved by a Christmas Angel (which seems to be the only book out there with this title!) because Lauren, while not an angel, saves Justin in more than one way.
How much of the book is based in real life?
Most of it comes from my imagination, but many of the Christmas traditions Lauren enjoys, I also enjoy. I love making Christmas cookies. Growing up, my mother always made dozens of different kinds of cookies, and I’ve carried on that tradition. We always have a special family time decorating the Christmas tree, and we set out the nativity and read the Christmas story from Luke. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is attending church on Christmas Eve. Just like Lauren, I’m always moved by singing O Holy Night and Silent Night by candlelight. That’s when Christmas starts to feel real to me.
What is your next project?
Because it’s the Christmas season and I’m in the mood, I’m working on a Christmas novella for next year. I don’t have a title yet (as you saw above, sometimes that’s one of the hardest parts), but it’s the story of two people, Nicole and Michael. They both work in a shopping mall, and pass by the local Santa going from one shop to the other. They come from very different backgrounds, but both find themselves highly involved with the local homeless mission. They have to come to terms with overcoming their pasts, and for Nicole, her past comes back to her present, causing problems in her relationship with Michael.
How can readers connect with you?
The best place to connect with me is my website: www.karenmalley.com. There, readers can sign up for my email list and I’ll send them a new short story each week.
In no more than
Ten (10) words, what is the spiritual takeaway for your reader?

With God’s help, forgiveness is possible.
Is there anything edgy/possibly controversial in your book? If so tell us what that is in
Twenty (20) words or fewer.

Two unmarried people sleep in the same house (but not in the same room).
What is your hero's main character flaw?
He thinks he has to be strong enough to do everything on his own and doesn’t think he needs God.
What makes your hero heroic?
He cares deeply about his mother, even though she has mental health issues.

what makes your heroine heroic?
She is a trauma nurse who saves lives. In her own life, she truly trusts God to take care of her.

 

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