There’s just something about a baby born at Christmastime that readers can’t get enough of. My first holiday romance novel, A Baby for Christmas, sells better than any of my other books all through the year. Two years after its release, I’ve finally gotten around to working on a sequel, although it won’t be ready for publication until next fall. The title, as you may be able to guess, is A Baby for New Year’s (or should it be New Year? I haven’t decided).
This time, the plot revolves around a heroine whose young niece is having a baby and needs her help. The hero is the heroine’s former brother-in-law (family complications are half the fun). Usually I write my Christmas romances in the summer, but I’m getting an early jump on this one. There are advantages to writing so far in advance. I’ll have plenty of time for revisions, editing, and gathering the thoughts of my beta readers. And it’s certainly a nice change to be writing about a season as I’m experiencing it, rather than trying to describe winter weather during the hottest days of July.
It’s not all smooth sailing, though. About a third of the way into a manuscript, I usually hit a wall. I look back through everything I’ve written so far – stuff I thought was brilliant while I was writing it – and decide it’s just awful. But I keep going, work through it, revise and edit until eventually the story and the writing are the best they can be. I can’t wait to see if readers of A Baby for Christmas like the sequel just as much.
Susan R. Hughes writes contemporary and historical romance novels set in Canada. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Learn more about her books at www.susanrhughes.weebly.com
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