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The Christmas Calamity, by Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Romance (Sweet Historical Western)
His uncluttered world spins off kilter when the beautiful and enigmatic prestidigitator Alexandra Janowski arrives in town, spinning magic and trouble in her wake as the holiday season approaches. Will he be able to convince her to give up her nomadic lifestyle for one full of love?
Pre-order at: Amazon.com
What was the first thing you thought when you saw your published book the first time?
Amazement followed by awe and excitement. It was hard to believe something I’d dreamed about for so long finally became reality.
When did you first decide to call yourself a writer? What prompted the decision?
Up until the moment my book was published, I called myself a “wordsmith.” As soon as the first book sold, I changed the title to writer because I felt like one at that point. I’d written a book and a complete stranger thought enough of either the cover or description to purchase a copy. I remember the sense of elation I felt that day. The fact that people continue to read my books leaves me feeling blessed and grateful.
What is your best advice for someone just starting their first manuscript? Halfway through? Just finished?
For someone just starting to write, the best advice I can give is the same advice I received from an aunt when I was heading off to college – write what you know. Although all books require research, you’ll craft a stronger first story if you write what you know.
To the writer halfway through a manuscript, I encourage you to keep on going. Sometimes the middle of the story is the place writers bog down. Force yourself to keep going. Don’t stop until you reach the end. You can do it!
And to the finished author – hooray! Congratulations for doing something most people say they will do but fall short of the mark. Take a moment to celebrate this big achievement before you decide your next step. Whether you seek an agent, publisher, or plan to self-publish, don’t lose sight of the fact that you’ve accomplished something pretty incredible.
About the Author
A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a best-selling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.