Guest post by Linda Wisdom:
Behind the Book – Bells, Rings and Angels’ Wings
Who can hear holiday songs in their heads? The ones that you have no choice but to want to sing too.
I’ve always loved writing holiday books and while writing for Harlequin I had the chance to write my share of them. The chance to write Christmas stories was something I never turned down.
The one year my editor told me the Christmas theme would be the classics. The first thing that came to my head was my favorite movie, Miracle on 34th Street. She had other ideas and talked me into writing my spin on It’s A Wonderful Life.
I did my usual talking out loud to myself, wondering how I’d work up an angel and a small town atmosphere with a character who wished he’d never been there.
The angel easily sorted himself out with Matthias, the invisible and sarcastic, entity, that first appeared in Twist of Fate. This time his assignment would be a young woman in a small town who suffered such a great loss she was incapable of moving forward no matter how much her family tried to reach her.
Libby wasn’t being melodramatic. She just couldn’t get past the pain losing her infant daughter caused. But reliving the pain meant she pushed away her husband and family instead of allowing them to help her.
All it took were those magic words “I wish” and Libby found herself in a different version of her hometown, but no one there knew her. Her wonderful husband was happily single and horrors of horrors, dating her arch rival! Libby had to tread carefully, but along the way, and thanks to a little girl named Becca, she discovered that love was always there as long as she was willing to open up to it.
The sad thing is, sometimes we have to suffer in order to find out just what we have in our lives. Luckily, Libby learned before it was too late.
As for Matthias? Did he earn his wings, so to speak, as Clarence did? Well, you’ll just have to read the book, won’t you?