Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!
It’s time for another Takeover Tuesday post, this time with the lovely Tabitha Bouldin! Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and chat with her a bit. Be sure to say “hi” in the comments!
Writing is a journey, not a destination…
I have always found it interesting how an author finds a story…or the story finds them. There is no single formula to find inspiration, at least, not for me. Ideas have hit me while driving down the road, while working on another book, and even while sleeping. On the opposite side, there are times when I am certain I’ll never have another idea. It’s in those moments that I find myself leaning more heavily on God…knowing that’s where I should stay at all times. It’s always easier to believe when things are going well, but it’s when things are falling apart that we find our true strength.
Christmas in Jingle Junction came from one of these moments of struggle. It was inspired by my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. I wanted something that represented her spirit, and what better way for me to honor her than to write a book. I have so many great memories of her, and I wanted to share something of her with the world. That’s all I intended for it to be, a single book. I’m currently writing the second book, and the idea for the third is brewing. When I first started writing Christmas in Jingle Junction, there was only a single reference to my grandmother that I planned to include. I used a true story between me and my grandmother as the reason for Holly’s desire to run the coffee shop, Jolly Java in Jingle Junction. As I began the editing process, I realized she was there at least a half-dozen times.
It’s funny how the mind takes a story, or an idea, and runs with it so that what you end up with is something so much better than you originally intended. It’s moments like that when I know God has His hand in my writing. I could never come up with any of this on my own. Jingle Junction is unlike anything I’ve written before which makes it an even better platform to represent my grandmother. She was one of a kind.
About the Author
Growing up and living in the same small town all her life, Tabitha enjoys writing books with mountains and a small town as their major setting. The community and friendship of a small town have inspired many of her characters. As a wife and mother, her days are spent homeschooling her two boys, writing her own books, reading as much as she can, and pursuing her bachelor’s in creative writing. Her contemporary Christian romance novels offer characters who have dealt with tragedy while the presence of God inspires hope and healing.
About the Book
A contemporary Christian romance that is sure to make you laugh.
Welcome to Jingle Junction! If Santa had a North Pole, this would be it. Holly Winters owns the local coffee shop, aptly named Jolly Java. It’s here that she meets Patrick Cooper and promptly throws coffee everywhere. Not only does Patrick not like coffee, but he also despises Christmas! It’s up to Holly to show Patrick that Christmas is worth giving a second chance, just as Patrick himself deserves a second chance when he is accused of robbing a local convenience store. In a town full of Christmas spirit, lively debates over the best superhero and riding in a sleigh pulled by actual reindeer is just a normal day. Will Holly be able to prove to Patrick that Christmas is more than a holiday that must be endured?