on November 5, 2019
Also by this author: From the Start, Like Never Before, All This Time, One Enchanted Noël
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Tinsel, Vermont is known for its no-paparazzi policy and Christmas decorations that are fit for a queen. This holiday season, join four royals on a stroll through town square as they each find their Christmas wishes for a happily-ever-after...tiaras optional.
Imagine sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of hot chocolate, and not any hot chocolate, but the best hot chocolate you have ever had, and your favorite blanket ready to be transported right into the most enchanting Hallmark Christmas movie. That's what I've come to expect from Melissa Tagg's Christmas novellas and I'm super excited to have Melissa here to talk about her latest Christmas novella, One Royal Christmas, which is part of the Royally Yours collection. Melissa, thank you so much for hanging out with us today! One Royal Christmas is about His Majesty Jonah Harrison Archer Davis VI, Rowan Bell, a library, and a charming Christmas town in Vermont.
What was your inspiration for this story and did you have any trouble coming up with a royal name for Jonah?
Well, to be super honest, my inspiration for this story—initially, anyway—was the group of friends who came to me to ask if I’d be open to participating in a Christmas collection featuring royalty. I don’t know if I ever would’ve thought to center a story on a king otherwise! Especially not a king who temporarily abdicates his throne and travels to Vermont…
But once I started dreaming about this story, the pieces just fell into place in the craziest of ways. I often spend forever brainstorming stories, but this—no joke—came together in my mind within a day. It was definitely partially inspired by my own bookworm-ness as a big piece of the story centers on a quaint cottage library.
As for Jonah’s name…I actually spent a good chunk of time scrolling through baby name websites looking for a first name that fit the king in my head. When I landed on Jonah, it just felt right! I add Archer in honor of Harry and Meghan’s new baby…then I think I subconsciously added Harrison in without even realizing it was another tie to Prince Harry!
Tinsel, Vermont sounds like a dream destination around Christmas. If you could have any one piece of this town in your own hometown, what would it be and why?
The mountains! Tinsel is located in hilly spot in Vermont and much as I love Iowa, I sure wouldn’t mind adding some mountains to our rural landscape. Also, I think we note in the book that Tinsel has three or four shops dedicated solely to selling Christmas ornaments…and I would get quite the kick out of that.
What was it like writing a Christmas book in the middle of the summer and did you do anything special to get into the spirit of Christmas?
Great question! And yes…though I didn’t go so far as to listen to Christmas music or watch any Christmas movies, I did purposely drink from a Christmas mug as I wrote. As for writing it during the summer, there was one particular day when I started writing around 7 or 7:30 a.m. and didn’t stop until after 4 p.m. and I got soooooo into the story that day that when I finally quit writing and looked out the window, it was completely shocking to see sunshine and green grass instead of snow and frost.
So many people enjoy Christmas stories because of the memories and feelings they get to experience while reading. What can readers expect to feel while reading One Royal Christmas?
I want them to feel cozy and happy and swoony and entertained. But I also hope it touches hearts in a deeper way, too. I hope, like Jonah, readers are reminded that they’re not alone…that the wonderfulness that is Emmanuel, God with us, sinks into their bones and fills them with the truth of their worth and value. I hope, like Rowan, they’re reminded that their hopes and dreams matter…and that they’re never too stuck for God to surprise and use them. After all, a new adventure might be right around the next corner…
Since we are talking about Christmas, what is your all-time favorite Christmas tradition?
Watching classic Christmas movies with my family! I love, love, love doing that. ☺
After we read this novella, I know we are going to want the next Melissa Tagg book. Can you share what we can expect next from you?
Sure! I’m just about to begin working on the second book in my new Maple Valley series. The first book, Now and Then and Always, released earlier this year and I’ve received quite a few inquiries about which character will be featured in the next book, so I’m pretty pumped to dive into that one. I’m also already planning the second to One Royal Christmas!