Due to electronic gremlins the comments wouldn’t work the first time we posted this. We are re-running Regan’s post to give you all a chance to comment, and I hope you will. Thanks, Kate
I met Regan through Deb Webb and her street team. I’m thoroughly enjoying her new Undercover Identities series and can’t wait for the next one. Regan was thoughtful enough to stop by and talk to us about setting books around the holiday season.
She’s also graciously offered to give away a signed copy of Bulletproof. What a great holiday stocking stuffer. If you are willing to let it go – the cover is HOT!
Thanks, Regan for being here today.
The Magic of Writing the HolidaysBy Regan Black
Thanks so much for having me here today, Toni! When my friend and writing mentor Debra Webb and I started brainstorming for Bulletproof, the seasonal timing of the novel waffled back and forth between October near Halloween (which kicks off the holiday season, in my opinion) and December just before Christmas.
We went back and forth on this a couple of times, not only because of the nature of the story (Halloween naturally feels darker, and this is a dark and gritty series) but also because of when we wanted to launch the new series.
Turns out Deb and I preferred Christmas more than the holiday of candy – at least when it comes to writing – and we opted to set the adventures of Bulletproof, Double Vision, and Sandman during the days leading up to Christmas and on into New Year’s Day.
Which means the holidays have been on my mind for most of 2013 already, and guess what? I’m not the least bit tired of it.
Granted, I haven’t been listening to holiday music – it’s a little too cheerful for the life or death situations John Noble and Amelia Bennett must navigate in Bulletproof. But the emotional significance, the hope and promise that are so typical of the holidays made for an interesting counterpoint while working through John’s grim past and the dangers bearing down on Amelia.
And once these first three stories of the Unknown Identities series went out to reviewers and readers, the thrill I felt was pretty close to a childlike Christmas morning high.
No, I’m not the least bit tired of the holidays. Writing stories (even dark stories) set during this time of year only make me more appreciative of the season. The only downside I can see is that I’ve been impatient for our kids to come home for the holiday break so we can celebrate the season and this new achievement together.
The other bonus I’ve found since launching Bulletproof, Double Vision, and Sandman during the holidays is the fun of thinking up fun seasonal swag and giveaways for readers. While I always enjoy connecting with fans and new readers through contests and prizes, there’s something about the holidays that makes me even happier.
I guess it’s true, that old saying about it being better to give than to receive. It is such a treat for me to send out prizes I know will brighten a reader’s day.
Happy holidays to you and yours and don’t forget to treat yourself to a wonderful read.
Author bio: Regan Black, a USAToday bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed paranormal romantic suspense and urban fantasy novels featuring kick-butt heroines and the sexy heroes who fall in love with them.
Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family currently live with two retired greyhounds, two arrogant cats, and two quirky finches in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.
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