It’s Christmastime in Skary, Indiana, but the holiday season has been hijacked by maverick director Lois Stepaphanopolis as she attempts to bring her horror-ific vision of A Christmas Carol to life. But the holly-decked path from page to stage is a thorny one, as Lois attempts to rally her skeptical cast, including new father Wolfe Boone, and then she learns that her reluctant marketing director, Alfred Tennison, is truly a Christmas Scrooge. Alfred’s grassroots marketing plan proves more than successful as the buzz builds that Skary should anticipate an overflowing audience for their opening night– but a crucial miscommunication leaves the visiting theatergoers expecting of a very different Christmas production. As chaos ensues, can the actors pull off an improv miracle — and can the Skary community convince their own Scrooge to embrace the true meaning of Christmas?
Below is my interview with Rene Gutteridge, the author of Boo Humbug. She is also going to give away a copy of her book so if you would like to be entered into the drawing then please leave a comment on my blog with a way to contact you or send a note to my email firstname.lastname@example.org. The drawing will be in two weeks on the 27th of this month.
Rene: I’m a full time novelist and mom. I have a 5 year old daughter named Cate and an 8 year old son named John. My husband, Sean, is a musician and a worship leader. We live in Oklahoma City.
2)You have a book coming out this month called Boo Humbug. Tell me about your story, and what did you like the most about it and the Characters.
Rene: This is a special book to me. I’ve always liked Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, so it was fun to take some of my favorite characters from The Boo Series and weave in some of Dickens. I love Christmas so it only made sense to write a Christmas novella using the Boo characters. It’s fun, it’s whimsical but it also has some great spiritual depth to it.
3)Your book is a Christmas story. Do you have a favorite Christmas that you would like to share?
Rene: 2004. I’d just been diagnosed with a chronic illness, and I’d gotten out of the hospital two days before Christmas. I went through it like a child. Life had new meaning to me. I loved every minute of it and wasn’t caught up in the Christmas chaos.
4)Tell me about your publication journey.
Rene: I studied screenwriting in college, but then decided at the prompting of a professor to try to write a novel. It took a few years but I finally got published. I was on a writers cruise which is where I met the editor who eventually offered me my first contract.
5)What would you say was your biggest obstacle in regards to getting published? How did you overcome it?
Rene: I was impatient with the whole process, which took the fun out of it sometimes. Worrying doesn’t add anything to the picture and it drains creativity. I didn’t overcome it over night. I still have to work on it.
6)How do you balance your writing with your every day responsibilities?
Rene: I try to constantly keep my priorities in full view and examine them. It’s easy to lose that. Really easy.
7)Who or what is your greatest inspiration to write?
Rene: Writing for me is just like breathing. I barely remember life before I could write. I’m wired this way by God’s loving hands. Inspiration is almost always flowing because I love to write so much.
8)Do you have any words of encouragement for those other new authors or aspiring writers out there?
Rene: One: Worrying won’t help and will suck you dry of creativity Two: Enjoy the process. A lot of people would love to write if they only had the talent. You’ve got the talent so enjoy creating even while you seek publication.
9)Have you ever been giving some bad writing advice and if so what was it?
Rene: Hmmm, I really can’t think of anything. Maybe I’ve been fortunate in that regard. I do know that I’ve run in to some professionals who weren’t willing to talk candidly about the business. I always swore I would try to help writers by talking openly about what the life is like and how to have your best shot at publication.
10)Are you working on anything new right now?
Rene: At the moment I’m working through the editing process of Skid, and starting a proposal for a thriller.
If you would like to know more about Rene Gutteridge please go and visit her website at http://www.renegutteridge.com/rene/index.html. Don’t forget to go out and buy your copy of Boo Humbug.