1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?
It's a Wonderful Life. I have a somewhat creepy crush on Jimmy Stewart. No lie, when I found out he was still amongst the living after I was born I was heartbroken. See, I had been certain we were together in a former life. Since it couldn't have been this past one it must have been an earlier one. That man...whew!
2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)
Hahahaha! See my answer above. Jimmy Stewart all the way. If I had been alive during his heyday I would have been his crazy stalker person. I have the biggest crush on him. I'm certain I would have woo'd him. In my head we are quite the happy couple. Lanky guys...all arms and legs. Yep, him.
3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?
My best Christmas was when I was around seven. I grew up in Virginia but my dad's side of the family were all up in New England. We drove up to Massachusetts and spent Christmas at my Aunt and Uncle's house. My cousins were all there and I think my Uncle dressed up as Santa. I don't remember what presents I got but I do remember believing in Santa and feeling so loved.
My worst Christmas was my son's first. His father and I had split up six months after he was born. I couldn't afford to keep paying rent on our house by myself and had just moved into a small apartment. I was a newly single mom, with an infant, thousands of miles away from the rest of my family. They were all on the east coast while I was in Arizona. I was so incredibly alone.
4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
My favorite thing about Christmas is family. I love spending time with my husband and kids as we deck our halls and trim our tree. I love snuggling on the sofa with them as we watch Christmas shows from my childhood. My gift Christmas morning is sitting back and watching their excitement. We are not religious, if anything we live by The Golden Rule. I hope, during the Christmas season our kids learn from us the importance of giving, rather than receiving.
5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?
Sarah Miller and Will Price from my Him and Her books probably love Christmas time the most since that's when they got married. For them it will always remind them that no matter how much time passed their love for each other remained true.
Sawyer Sterling, from Sawyer Says, doesn't dislike Christmas. She had an usual upbringing and out of all of my characters was the least likely to have experienced a traditional family Christmas growing up. If anything she doesn't understand what the big deal is. She loves giving gifts and doesn't need a particular time of year to do it.
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Bio:New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Her books are full of emotion, humor and steam. She is inspired by everyday fairy tales. Her leading men are guys you might bump into at the grocery store; teachers, mechanics, and website designers. Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, and their nine-pound attack Yorkie.