Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Beverly Stowe McClure, Tumbleweed Christmas

AUTHOR:          Beverly Stowe McClure
BOOK TITLE:  Tumbleweed Christmas
PUBLISHER:   4RV Publishing LLC
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.

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?


  1. Good morning, Penny. What a lovely way to start the day, seeing my post here. If anyone has questions, I'm happy to answer them. Will check back later.

    Thanks, Penny, for letting me be a part of your "Christmas in July."

    Happy 4th of July.

  2. Bev,
    What a great interview! It sounds like we had similar Christmases when it came to the stockings. We always got the apple & orange. But always got the treat of candy (which we didn't have often) & gum! I'd love to be entered in the drawing for your angel. I love angels! sasha1119ATyahooDOTcom.

  3. Hi Beverley. This was a wonderful interview. Thanks, Penny.

  4. Hi, Deb and Joylene. Thanks for stopping by and your kind words. Good luck to both of you.

    It was so much fun digging through the stocking for the candy.

    Have a nice evening.

  5. Bev, it's a pleasure to have you. You'll be here again tomorrow, so anyone who was out partying today can catch your post on the 5th.

  6. Bev, it is so interesting to read about author's Christmas memories and even what was in their Christmas stockings! I have never really touched a tumbleweed and cannot imagine decorating it! Loved your idea for your story. Enjoyed your interview. Penny comes up with good questions.

  7. Hi J. Q. Yes, Penny does great interviews. Tumbleweeds are tough on the fingers. You handle them very carefully. When I was researching tumbleweeds, I discovered that some towns decorate their town squares with tumbleweeds. Very interesting.

    Oh, how nice, Penny. Will be back then. :)

  8. Hello! What a wonderful interview. I like how Beverly came up with the idea for TUMBLEWEED CHRISTMAS. This book is on my TBR book list.

    As I have won an angel ornament from a previous giveaway Beverly did, please do not include me in this one. I just wanted to comment on the post.

    Have an awesome day!

  9. Hi, Susanne. Thanks for stopping by. We never know where those ideas will come from, sometimes when we least expect them. Enjoy the story.

  10. Great interview, thank you Beverly and Penny. Tumbleweed Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas books, as it carries the spirit of Christmas; that which we should practice year-round.

  11. Hi, Ruth. I agree. Think how nice the world would be if we had the Christmas spirit every month of the year. Glad you like Tumbleweed. Appreciate the lovely Squidoo Lens you did.

  12. Tumbleweed Christmas shows the real meaning of Christmas, a message we all need to know.

    I'm just sorry that books seem to be on the bottom of most priority lists.

  13. Hi Vivian,

    Thanks for stopping by. Maybe one day people will grow tired of electronic games and such and return to reading books. Ebooks may help with this. Who knows?

  14. Wonderful interview! Your books sound like an excellent children's read. And, I like your answer for what makes the book special.

  15. Oops. That should read "your book sounds like."

  16. Hi, Karen. Thanks for your kind words. My fingers sometimes add extra letters to words too. :)

  17. Bev, thanks so much for being my guest and offering a gift. The lucky winner is J. Q. Rose! Congratulations and thank you all for stopping to comment. Do come back again as there will be more prizes throughout the month!

  18. It was my pleasure, Penny. Thank you.