When I first wrote the story that became “A Christmas Diamond for Merry,” it was a “first meet” story. In that version, the heroine went to the wrong house on Christmas Eve to make a pizza delivery and interrupted a burglary in process. She ended up tossed in a closet with the home owner.
I loved the story concept, but it never made it out of my computer into the print world.
Early last year, I decided to revamp the story, tie it into my Tassanoxie series and submit it to The Wild Rose Press for their holiday line up. Since the theme of the Tassanoxie stories is “small town, second chances,” I knew it could no longer be a first meet story, it would have to be a second chance at love story.
With that in mind, I kept four of the original concepts: the pizza delivery, a burglary in progress, a small closed space and a Christmas name for the heroine. Playing with these ideas proved to be great fun and by staying true to the series, my heroine (Merry) and the hero (Josh) get a second chance at love.
Plus, I got to add a popular Italian restaurant noted for its mouth-watering pizzas to Tassanoxie. Now my characters who like Italian food have a nice family restaurant to visit when they want a pizza.
Hmm, all this talk about pizza has made me hungry. Think I’ll go dig around the freezer and see if I can find myself a slice.
Hope your holidays have a happy ending to match the one Merry and Josh have!
About the Author: Ginger Hanson’s short story, "A Christmas Diamond for Merry," continues her contemporary romance series set in Tassanoxie, Alabama. To read more about the citizens of Tassanoxie, check out Feather’s Last Dance and Ellie’s Song. If you prefer historical romance, don’t miss Ginger’s Regency adventure romance, Lady Runaway. For those who want to learn more about writing, catch her essay in the recently released anthology How I Wrote My First Book. Tassanoxie, AL Small town...Second chances www.GingerHanson.com Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card.