Christmas Town: The Story Behind the Story

Readers often ask me where I get the ideas for my books. As many writers can attest, stories can come at us from many different angles. Sometimes it’s a snippet of a conversation we overhear that intrigues us. Every once in a while, we’re inspired in a general way by someone we’ve met. And frequently, we’re motivated by experiences we’ve had or places we’ve traveled. The concept of Christmas Town developed for me last November while taking a trip.

My husband’s family’s roots (on his mother's side) are in a small East Tennessee town called Jonesborough. It’s the historic sort of place where time seems to have stood still, with a quaint downtown area and a Main Street lined with shops and historic houses. When I visited Jonesborough, I was thinking I might set a Christmas book there, but I even surprised myself when the ambition for one novel turned into a multi-volume series!

I’ve always loved writing about Christmas, and had such a great time with my Holiday Brides Series novellas. I began thinking about how awesome it would be to write a series of full-length books set in this fictional town that was all about Christmas in every way. The town shops would have Christmassy sounding names and residents would have surnames like Christmas and Claus. The premise for the series would concern descendants of Christmas Town’s original inhabitants returning to Christmas Town to help spur its renaissance.

The series takes place over consecutive Christmases and follows the lives of different couples as they meet and fall in love—all in the course of the ongoing restoration of the town. Our first couple is Sheriff Carter Livingston and Hannah Winchester, who inherits the Christmas Cookie Shop from her late great-grandmother. There are “special” Christmas cookies involved, and lots of other kinds of holiday magic at play, relating to the fascinating characters in this town and their unique family histories.

Book 1, The Christmas Cookie Shop, is now in its final production phase, and I’m eagerly writing Book 2, which focuses on a heroine we get to know fairly well in Book 1, as she becomes best friends with Hannah Winchester. All in all, I’m thrilled about the series and the books I have planned. Readers should be happy to know they won’t have to wait an actual year for the next series book's completion, as I intend to write the books one after another and release them when they’re ready.

In Christmas Town, however, each book will introduce a brand new year and holiday season. So, we’ll get to see beloved couples getting married, babies being born and teenagers growing into adulthood, when they’ll ultimately develop romances of their own. I hope you’ll come along with me for the ride, and that you’ll find—with each story—you truly have a sense of coming home to a place where old friends meet, and always welcome new ones. This Christmas, won’t you join me in Christmas Town? I hope to see you there soon!



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message 1: by Denise (new)

Denise Devine Love all your books, Ginny!


message 2: by Sharon (new)

Sharon I love hearing about the story behind the story! Gives it more depth and meaning to know how and why it was developed, kind of like our little secret.


message 3: by Diane (new)

Diane I'm a big fan of your stories Ginny and I can't wait to read your latest book! Thanks for sharing where your ideas come from - please keep writing books that matter and sharing your writing process.


message 4: by Ginny (new)

Ginny Baird Denise wrote: "Love all your books, Ginny!"

Thanks for posting, Denise! I appreciate your kind words.


message 5: by Ginny (last edited Oct 01, 2016 08:54AM) (new)

Ginny Baird Sharon wrote: "I love hearing about the story behind the story! Gives it more depth and meaning to know how and why it was developed, kind of like our little secret."

Cool. I know what you mean, Sharon. When I do these kinds of posts I sort of feel like I'm sharing secrets... I enjoy letting readers in on the inner workings of my writerly mind. Hopefully, they're not too scary...lol. :)


message 6: by Ginny (last edited Oct 01, 2016 08:59AM) (new)

Ginny Baird Diane wrote: "I'm a big fan of your stories Ginny and I can't wait to read your latest book! Thanks for sharing where your ideas come from - please keep writing books that matter and sharing your writing process."

Aww, thanks, Diane, for your very sweet comments. And, you're quite welcome. I can't wait until the new book comes out, too!


message 7: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen What an amazing series this is going to be to read. I love the idea of town devoted to Christmas. I have visited a town in Michigan that is the same theme.


message 8: by Ginny (new)

Ginny Baird Kathleen wrote: "What an amazing series this is going to be to read. I love the idea of town devoted to Christmas. I have visited a town in Michigan that is the same theme."

Thank you, Kathleen! What a fun place that must have been to visit and explore. Michigan is such a great state, and wonderfully diverse.


message 9: by Kim Reads (new)

Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews) I soooo want to read The Christmas Cookie Shop. I love the idea of the series and being able to watch characters go up and evolve.


message 10: by Ginny (new)

Ginny Baird Kim Reads wrote: "I soooo want to read The Christmas Cookie Shop. I love the idea of the series and being able to watch characters go up and evolve."

Thanks for your support, Kim! I'm really excited about getting to stay with the same characters and watch them evolve, as well. I'm deep into Book 2 now, and loving every chapter. :)


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Ginny Baird
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