Thursday, December 3, 2020

Write Christmas by Thommy Hutson - Book Tour + Giveaway

Write Christmas
Thommy Hutson
Published by: Rosewind Books
Publication date: December 1st 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy

“[A] heartwarming fantasy … Christmas enthusiasts will find this hits the spot.” ~Publishers Weekly

A contemporary, holiday fantasy with a new twist on A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life.

Abby Nicholson used to love Christmas. Until she didn’t.

After leaving Winter Glen, the small town famous for its Christmas celebration and her family’s greeting card company, Abby is forced to return to the home she left behind when the unexpected passing of her father thrusts the business into her hands.

Turning her back on the magic of the holiday beloved by her father and the town, she decides to sell the business. Signing the paperwork with the very pen her father used to create it, she is shocked to discover her hometown has become a whole new world.

One where Christmas has vanished!

Now stuck in a place devoid of hope, joy, and the spirit of the season, Abby sees family and friends altered in the most terrible of ways.

Determined to set things right, though unsure how, Abby takes out her father’s pen and begins to draw. When she realizes her art is coming to life, she sets out to recreate the holiday and bring back the most wonderful time of the year.

But some are determined to keep an iron grip on the town and will do anything in their power to stop her.

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Author Interview

1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t worry what anyone else says, but all those stories you tell, all those crazy thoughts in your head, all that make-believe and making things up is going to pay off.

2. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Reading The Swiss Family Robinson with my uncle at Christmastime. I was very young and it was the first “big book” I read. I remember sitting on the floor, next to the Christmas tree, reading it out loud to my uncle who sat next to the fireplace. Books and Christmas. “These are a few of my favorite things…”

3. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I was always writing little stories and little movie scripts. Now, I am happy that I write bigger stories and bigger movie scripts.

4. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I love to eat dark chocolate covered raisins when I work.

5. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
If I answer this my cat, Kailey, is going to get very upset.

6. What is the first book that made you cry?
I can’t say I remember the first book, but one I remember vividly that made me cry is “The Yearling.”  It is so impactful and emotional as the story navigates family, love, loss, and growing up.

7. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
It varies, depending on the story and also if I have another project going. Usually a few months to get the first draft done.  I like to joke that my agent can answer that question simply: “Too long.”

8. How do you select the names of your characters?
I think of people I know, or names I have heard that struck me as interesting or unique. There have been times I like to think of a character’s traits or qualities and see what names are associated with those. I also have movie posters in my office so sometimes I glance at the credits and combine things to make a name. It’s never completely random, though. I always want the name to feel right. To feel like it belongs to that person for a reason.

9. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
There are so many movies I love, in so many genres, so I’ll list a few*:

Holiday: A Christmas Story

Musical: Grease

Sci-fi/Fantasy: Superman

Horror: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Drama: Sunset Boulevard

*This list is subject to change without notice.

10. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t give up. Don’t be discouraged. Keep writing. Also, write the story in your heart, not the one in someone else’s head. Don’t cancel your creativity because you fear someone won’t like what you are writing. 

Author Bio:

Thommy Hutson is a bestselling, award-winning author, screenwriter, producer, and director.

A graduate of UCLA, he began his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!

As an author, Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of horror icon Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version followed from Permuted Press/Simon & Schuster. His novel, the teen thriller Jinxed, (Vesuvian Books) is the first in a trilogy that has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans … Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.” Hutson was named on the
7 Essential LGBTQ Horror Authors for Your Summer Reading Lists.

Thommy wrote the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film, A CHRISTMAS FOR THE BOOKS, which was the highest-rated scripted program the night it premiered. He co-scripted the teen thriller INSTAFAME (Lifetime), wrote a screenplay for an audio holiday project, and is in development on a family feature film. In addition, Thommy produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy. He has also worked as a staff writer on a Hulu web series.

A member of the Producers Guild of America, a Saturn and Home Media Magazine award-winner, and an aficionado of holiday films as well as teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment.

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