AUTHOR: Beverly Stowe McClure
BOOK TITLE: Tumbleweed Christmas
PUBLISHER: 4RV Publishing LLC
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DO YOU HAVE A GIVEAWAY?: Yes
WHAT IS IT?: An angel decoration
HOW IS THE WINNER TO BE CHOSEN?: Please leave a comment with your contact information and the winner will be chosen by random drawing.
WHO WILL DELIVER THE PRIZE TO WINNER?: Bev will mail it.
Tell me a little about your book.
It’s Christmas Eve, but Jackie’s house is dark sad. They have no Christmas tree. Her dad is in the hospital, and mom says they have no extra money for a tree. So Jackie decides to take the dollar she saved from her school lunch money and find them a tree.
What gave you the idea for this particular story?
One day I was taking a walk and a tumbleweed rolled across my path. It brought back memories of a tumbleweed that I once took in the house and decorated, even though its branches were sticky. The idea of a tumbleweed Christmas tree stayed with me for quite a while, until I finally decided to write a story about it.
Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
Yes, the tumbleweed that I saw sparked the idea for my story.
Why did you choose to write a story with a Christmas theme?
The Christmas season is so inspiring for me. Celebrating the birth of Jesus brings an end to the year, but also a beginning to a new year. I hadn’t written a Christmas story before, so decided it was time.
Do you see special challenges to marketing a book with a seasonal theme? If so, what are they?
Yes, holiday books don’t sell very well in the off-season, at least mine hasn’t. I can only hope that sales will make up for it during Christmas time.
How long before Christmas did you submit to your publisher?
I submitted the story in May, 2010. It was published in Aug. 2011, for the holiday season.
How and why did you choose this publisher?
4RV Publishing had published my tween book, Just Breeze, and did such a lovely job with it that I knew they were right for Tumbleweed Christmas, too.
What about your book makes it special?
I think it shows that people can be happy even though they may not have the best tree or clothes or whatever.
What does Christmas mean to you?
To me, Christmas is the birth of my savior, Jesus Christ. He came to Earth as an innocent baby and gave His life for each of us. He is the beginning and the end.
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
When I was a kid we would “hang” our stockings on the piano. (We had no fireplace.) Our stockings were my mother’s nylon hose. This was before panty hose and knee highs. In them we’d find an apple, orange, and ribbon candy. What a wonderful way to start Christmas morning.
What was your favorite stocking stuffer?
The candy. We did not have candy very often (like I do today), so it was a special treat.
What was your favorite Christmas present?
A majorette doll. I went to the high school football games with my dad. Back then, we’d walk up and down the sidelines, as the team moved up and down the field. I knew nothing about the game, but loved the band, especially the majorettes. I always said I’d be one when I was older. And I was. At Zundy Junior High and Wichita Falls High School.
Where can people learn more about you and your work?