The Fun and Challenges of Writing Holiday Stories

by Kassandra Lamb ~ A couple of weeks ago, I guest blogged about the fun and challenges of writing holiday stories, on Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers, the blog of Anastasia Pollack (the main character in Lois Winston’s delightful series, the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries).

And I had so much fun writing that post, that I just had to share it with you all here on our blog!

So I’ll give you a little taste and then send you over to Anastasia’s and Lois’s cyber home to finish it up.

The Fun and Challenges of Writing Holiday Stories

I’ve always loved reading holiday stories, especially Christmas ones. They put me in the mood for that holiday. And I’ve discovered in recent years that I also love writing them. They’re a lot of fun.

There are, however, a few unique challenges to penning a story set at Halloween or Christmas or any other holiday.

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My photos don’t do St. Augustine at Christmas time justice! Find the story, An Unsaintly Season in St. Augustine HERE

But first, the fun!

Descriptions of settings

Descriptions become a lot more fun to write when you can dress them up with sparkly Christmas lights or spooky Halloween decor or red hearts for Valentine’s Day.

The first holiday novella I wrote was for my Kate Huntington mysteries. It’s set in St. Augustine, Florida, where Kate’s parents live.

In real life, St. Augustine goes way overboard when it comes to Christmas. The town, its businesses and residents put up millions of tiny white lights to create a wonderland. Every palm tree and light post is swathed in garlands, lights and ribbons. And even during the day, the decorations are spectacular, like the gazebo in the town plaza.

The descriptions of those decorations help readers be right there with Kate and her family as they prepare for the holidays, and solve a mystery while they’re at it.

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Find these holiday stories HERE

And as the plot is unfolding in The Legend of Sleepy Mayfair (in my second cozy series), the town’s riding stable is gradually transformed into a haunted house, with witches and giant spiders hanging from the rafters and a room full of creepy dolls… Click HERE to Read More about the Fun and Challenges of Writing Holiday Stories!

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Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, set in her native Maryland, and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, set in Central Florida. She also writes romantic suspense under the pen name of Jessica Dale.

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