The three short stories in Winter Wishes came
about in an odd way. I was with my first publisher back then, and on the main
website was a list of Free Reads. I asked my editor if I could write one, and
if so, what were the criteria?
Fifteen hundred words, basically. “Is that all? I
can’t write a story that short." My editor replied,” You can if you omit useless words.
So, I wrote Merry
Christmas, Victoria. Good little story, she said, but you have 2200 words.
Cut it down to 1500 words.
“What? No way, I need those words.”
Her reply. “No you don’t. Now work on it.” I did,
over and over when I finally got it down to 1500 words.
At one point I begged her to do it for me..I can
still hear her laughing.
Anyway, I did cut it down.
Now, about the story—how do you get ideas for
stories? I was listening to a CD by Ray Charles, and he sang, “You give your
hand to me, and then I say Hello, and I can hardly speak, my heart is beating
so..but you don’t know me…You don’t know the one who dreams of you at
Christmas, Victoria was easy to write.
Do Come True—This one just popped in my head. I had been reading stories
that involved Orphan Train children, and yes…this story came to me. I hope you
The third one is The Cattleman’s Ball—I was writing a novel titled TEXAS DREAMER,
and the hero of the story got his start when as a fifteen year old runaway, he
stumbled upon a rundown ranch owned by one elderly rancher. The rancher took
him in…and together they built it up. The hero here was old enough to travel to
Chicago to sell his cattle by himself and was instructed to attend the
Cattleman’s Ball to “make contacts.” But this young man found a lovely woman
instead, and even with his unpolished demeanor..well, you’ll just have to read
WINTER WISHES IS 99cents, and I thank PRP for
putting these three stories in one volume: WINTER WISHES.