Who doesn't love to read Christmas stories at this time of year? Just check out Amazon's bestseller lists and you'll see that the season is upon us. for the next few weeks we'll be featuring lots of Christmas/Holiday reads so stay tuned!
Take it away . . .
It's the season of giving thanks, and one of the things I've always been thankful for is my family. My parents were always supportive of my interest in all things creative, doing without so that I could pursue a career in teaching and performing music. I was fortunate enough to enjoy twenty-eight years teaching elementary students in west Michigan, and one of the highlights of each school year was the annual Christmas program. When my children were small, I volunteered in their Sunday School by helping with their Christmas pageants as well.
Sophie Gardner, the main character in Christmas Wishes, has grown up in a loving, encouraging family. But she can't wait to go out and make a name for herself in the world of screenwriting. Her family is there for her, yet they support her desire to pursue a career that could take her far away from them. What more could anyone wish for? But life never happens as you expect it to. Sometimes dreams change. And sometimes we need help to find out what we really want.
Photographer Mitch Carson is tired of big city life. He just wants to settle down in a quiet town with his daughter, Angie. Even that doesn't quell his fear of losing his daughter to his scheming mother-in-law.
Sophie Gardner wants to be a screenwriter. She's ready to leave small town Zutphen, Michigan and go to Hollywood. With a theater degree under her belt, she's busy writing scripts while helping out her sister Joanie, who's bedridden with a difficult pregnancy. Unfortunately, Joanie has somehow coerced Sophie into directing the Christmas pageant at Zutphen Community Church.
When Sophie and Mitch meet, the attraction is instant and mutual. But each wants what the other is trying to get away from. Can they deny their feelings and pursue their dreams? Or will the holiday prove to them that their true wishes might not be what they'd thought?
“Hey, little sis. How’s it going?” Sam settled on the sofa next to her. “Joanie says you worked really hard this week. She says she couldn’t have pulled off the family holiday without you. In fact, she says she wouldn’t have survived the pregnancy if you hadn’t been here. She’s lucky you were available.”
“It was lucky for both of us. I needed a place to regroup and earn money for my next move.”
Sam nodded. “Gonna go to California and do the screenwriting thing, huh?”
“Yeah. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I think the cooking thing was just a rebellion. Or a reaction from Nate going off without me.”
“Yeah, that was kinda puny of him. Never did like the guy. He was way too full of himself. I really wasn’t surprised when he took off.” As if just realizing who he was talking to, he stopped his rant. “Well, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. You’re not going out there to chase after him, are ya?” He waited until Sophie shook her head. “Okay then. Go for it. I’ll look forward to seeing your name on the credits at the ends of the shows.”
He got up and retrieved his toddler daughter, who was eating a plant.
Sam wasn’t known for heart-to-heart talks, but Sophie thought about their conversation as she dished out desserts. What was the real reason she wanted to go to Los Angeles? She’d never thought about going until she and Nate had made their plans to take Hollywood by storm. She’d always liked to write, and her teachers had always praised her work, but it hadn’t been a passion. She’d written little stories, even published a few. But could she really make it as a screenwriter? More importantly, did she really want to?
Or did she want to stay and see if there was anything to the chemistry between her and a certain photographer?
Enough of these doubts. She didn’t want to waste any more of her life in her hometown. It was time to make some of her dreams come true. She had a handful of scripts for her portfolio. Now she needed to get them into the hands of people who would read them. The first thing on tomorrow’s to-do list: submit scripts to more agents.
Bio: In a previous life, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary school students by day and changed diapers at night. Now she teaches college students part time and changes diapers only when she's taking care of grandkids. She loves to do anything that doesn't involve exercise. Right now her favorite activities, other than writing, include scrapbooking, sewing, and making music. She and her husband live in southwest Michigan, near their five children and nine grandchildren.