Thank you for
having me on your blog, Louise. I’m excited to be here and be able to give a
copy away of my first published work. I’ll be giving away A Cup of Christmas Cheer:
A Tale of Christmas Past with my
short story, “The Letter” so be sure to read through and find out how to enter!
I’d never tried
my hand or my mind at a short story. Well, not since I was in high school and
it was part of my creative writing class. I believe the title of my last paper
for High School was A Day in the Life of Randy’s Zoo. Randy was our teacher and
at times the class could get rather, well, let’s just say unstudious. So to
attempt to write one now, after all these years, was a bit daunting.
should be easy to write because, after all, they are short! I find I want to
put way too much detail and too many twists and turns into a story, so it makes
it hard to keep it short. So when Guideposts Books put out the call for short
stories, I was hesitant. I really had my doubts that I could come up with
something. But then I thought GUIDEPOSTS! Wouldn’t that be cool to get
published by a company whose books and devotionals I’d read as a kid? And I do
love Christmas. So I put my mind to work and submitted a few stories. I
received “The Call” and here I am with Louise Gouge talking about “The Letter”
in A Cup of Christmas Cheer:
of Christmas Past.
Like so many
other people, I love Christmas. I mean I REALLY love Christmas. For years I
would go up into the attic (which my husband still swears is going to cave in
someday because I have way too many Christmas things up there) and pull down 20
to 25 boxes of Christmas decorations. I’d then put on the Christmas music and
go to work, taking down pictures and putting up Christmas pictures. I’d change
out my regular dishes with Christmas tree plates, bowls, glasses, and mugs.
Garland was hung over every window and banister. Every door had a wreath
(inside and out). I put out villages, snowman scenes, several nativities, and
every kind of Christmas decoration you can imagine. It usually took me two days
to put up decorations.
Last was the
tree. That was a family affair…sort of. Hubby would put the tree up and string the
lights on it and then sit down and watch as our four children and I hung
ornaments on the tree. One by one the kids would get tired until I was left
alone. Once the tinsel came out, so did the kids again. Then after they went to
bed, I’d redo all the tinsel they threw on. (picture from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_tree
My kids are no
longer little, but when they talk about their childhood, so often Christmas is brought
up with fondness.
Memories are some of
the greatest gifts God has given us. They can bring us such joy and tender
feelings. Memories are something that no one can take from us once we have
them. In “The Letter,” family strife and bitterness steal those memories before
they’re made. But I think every Christmas story should have a happy ending and
“The Letter” is no exception. And hopefully you’ll find a few surprises.
Thanks for coming
by and visiting with me today. Tell me one of your favorite things about
Christmas or a favorite tradition to be entered to win A Cup of Christmas Cheer:
A Tale of Christmas Past. I’ll be
stopping in and chatting with you today. I’m excited and looking forward to it!
Leave a comment to be entered into our drawing for a copy of the book. Only
residents of the United States are eligible.
If you are
interested in buying A Cup of Christmas
two-book set you can find them at https://www.shopguideposts.org/catalog/product/view/id/2084
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she
was about eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own
career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her
husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked
in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s director.
Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland sheepdogs for eighteen years and
still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, She and her husband
enjoy camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses. Visit
Debbie Lynne at www.debbielynnecostello.com