What is your favorite Christmas memories or traditions?
Wow, this was actually a tough one because there are so many to choose from (especially now that I have my own children – that just doubles the fun)! I think the one that sticks with me the most is a memory from my childhood, so that’s the one I’ll share this time.
When I was a child, I was a military brat, which basically meant I traveled all over the world, never settling in one place for long. When I was about 7 we were living on the island of Crete (Greece), a beautiful place with wonderful food, the sweetest people, and a climate that didn’t much move from the 70-90 degree temps that lasted all year long.
We received our moving orders and I learned we were on our way to North Syracuse, New York. At that point I had never seen snow (that I could remember any way) and I remember being thrilled at the thought that I might actually see my first white Christmas. Well, little did I know …
We arrived a few days before Christmas – just enough time to get unpacked and get the Christmas decorations up. It was cold but there was no snow. I was so disappointed. I went to bed early Christmas Eve because it was so cold and so dark (big culture shock after life on the island let me tell you). I woke up the next morning and ran down the stairs, thrilled at all the presents under the tree. Then I saw the sled – wooden platform, shiny red rails … I was so excited and so upset all at the same time because I wanted to run outside and try it out and I knew I couldn’t until the snow fell.
My mom gave me that sweet “I know something you don’t” smile and my heart raced. She walked me to the front window and pulled back the curtains. I must have blinked a million times, not quite understanding what I was seeing because the window was completely white. She bundled me up until I could barely move (or see) and I waddled to the front door and stepped out and still all I could see was white. Well, we’d had a darn blizzard roll through during the night and it had dumped over 7 feet of snow (talk about a wish coming true just a little bit too much). We couldn’t even see our car … just white as far as the eye could see.
I didn’t get to ride my sled that day but I did get to go out several times and help shovel snow, when I wasn’t busy making snowballs, my very first snowman, snow angels, snow tunnels … need I go on? It was just one of those “I want something so bad … oh, I got it!!” days that I’ll never forget.
Paige Jackson was born in San Angelo, Texas. Because of her father’s military career, Paige didn’t remain in San Angelo long. She spent her school years living all over the world in places such as Greece, Turkey, Italy, and back in the United States she has lived in Maryland, New York, Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
Paige developed a love for reading at a very early age. In fact, she was reading before she could walk. Because of the constant travel, Paige’s most prized possessions were her books; they were also her closest friends and steady companions. During her travels her family returned to San Angelo on five separate occasions with her father finally retiring there in 1985. Paige went to college, majoring in Government/Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.
But Paige had wanderlust in her blood and soon left the sleepy West Texas town again. Paige spent three years training as a private investigator before finally branching out on her own and starting her own company. She spent the next eight years working from home in the P.I. industry, specializing in child cases. During that time, she returned to San Angelo (under some spell that never lets her leave the area for long).
Paige decided it was time for a different line of work, something a bit less depressing, so went back to college and earned her degree in Business Administration while working for a professional baseball team.
In 2006, Paige opened her own Virtual Assistant company and returned to working from home. That same year Paige woke from a dream with the story of Leyla’s Locket in her mind demanding to come out. It took Paige a little over three months to write the first draft of the book. It took almost two years and endless rounds of revision before the novel felt right enough to Paige for her to allow her baby out into the world. During those two years, the stories for the next two books in the Sera Chronicles as well as another storyline that will likely be a trilogy knocked around in Paige’s head, demanding her attention.
Paige’s fiction books are Young Adult Fantasies (ages 9 and up). In addition to her Fantasy novels, Paige also authors a non-fiction series of home business books called “From Suits To Sweats”, step-by-step guides to legitimately earning money from home.
Leyla’s Locket: Book One of the Sera Chronicles
By Paige Jackson
Young Adult Fantasy (ages 9 and up)
Released June 30th 2009
Seraphinus (Sera) Ulric dreads the latest in a series of moves forced on her by her father’s company. Their next stop is San Kristinese, a small town in the desert area of West Texas. Underneath the sleepy exterior lurks a hidden world where magic is real and things are not always what they seem.
When Sera’s family moves in next to Cressida Hammund, events are set in motion that will change their lives forever. Within days of her arrival, Sera gets on the wrong side of a bully, receives an unexpected birthday present, and makes several new surprising friends. Together they must unlock the secrets of an ancient necklace in a race against time to save magic . . . and each other.
Sera must deal with the hope of finally having a permanent home while being drawn into a web of magic, danger, legends, friendship, secrets, and conflict that will draw on every ounce of her courage and wits to survive.
Paige Jackson sent me a copy of Leyla’s Locket: Book one of the Sera Chronicles to give away. Contest Rules: