Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas at the Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin‏

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile.

This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly, believe in true love.

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I saw a submission call for Christmas themed stories and an idea sprang to mind. At midnight of course! I pictured the characters immediately, and the small town they lived in. The opening scene played out in mind in such a detailed way that I immediately typed notes into my phone, and couldn’t wait to get up the next day to begin writing it. That night I dreamed about Christmas food, and decided that the story would be set in a café. So with the backdrop of food, the next thing was the relationships in the story. Lil, the main character, turns to CeeCee a no-nonsense Southern woman who tells it like it is, for advice, and I must admit I miss them now I’m finished.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Including edits about two months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I’m compelled to do it, so I guess my favourite part is when an idea springs to mind and you see it out until the final stage, where other people can read it! And even better, when they love it!

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I often turn to chocolate when I’m stuck! This is turning into a really bad habit! Writing can be tough some days, but so can every job, so I just eat through the torment!

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Good question! I’d be Gillian Flynn. I’d love to see inside her head and see what she thinks to write such amazing/bizarre/creepy/riveting novels.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A jar of jalapenos, it’s a year old. Eww.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Lots more books! From novella length, to novel length. If you like Christmas at the Gingerbread Café you’ll like the next installment …

Thanks for having me!

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