A couple of years ago I joined several other authors in writing Christmas novellas based on a holiday snow globe. I wanted to write a story a bit different than my usual genre, contemporary romance. So I allowed my imagination to run wild for a moment.
I asked myself: what if a young nurse, Emily Eason, who lives in her grandmother’s fifties-style home, buys a snow globe at the drug store owned by the pharmacist Mr. Hardwicke, an elderly gentleman about her grandmother’s age? What if Emily brings the globe home and falls asleep while gazing at the little village, the snowmen, and falling snowflakes then wakes up? Nothing looks different at first, but then she discovers her computer is missing and in its place is an old free-standing TV like from years ago. Her phone rings with the old timey ring tone, but when she looks for her cell phone, she discovers a black dial phone making the noise. Could that really happen? A young woman waking up in the 1950’s? Well, yes, in my imagination.
The rest of the story fell into place after that. At first Emily can’t believe all that’s happening, so she runs back to the drug store to see if she can find out what’s going on. Her first discovery is the pharmacist, Lance Hardwicke, is a very attractive guy in his late twenties instead of old Mr. Hardwicke.
Together she and Lance celebrate the Christmas season by taking snowy walks in the woods, drinking hot chocolate, decorating his tree, and attending Christmas eve services. As Christmas day approaches, Emily begins to forget her former life and listens to Christmas music on the radio with Lance—Perry Como’s “Toy Land,” for one. But vague memories of a white haired guy still prick her thoughts.
I love to associate a spiritual theme in each of my stories. In Christmas At Raccoon Creek, my theme relates to how times change: fashions, food, lifestyles. It’s hard to keep up with the latest trends in technology. But one thing that never changes is the Lord. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
And if you’d like to find out what happens to Lance and Emily when she returns to present times, you’ll have to read the book.
Merry Christmas everyone.
An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June’s book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC’s eBook awards and a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan’s Father was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT’s Laurel Awards.
June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan’s Father is published by WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, is available from Amazon.com. The Almond Tree series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, What God Knew, and Almond Street Mission are available at Amazon.com. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word.