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Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn
About Better Watch Out
Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
2nd in Series
Henery Press (October 15, 2019)
Hardcover: 252 pages
Paperback: 252 pages
Digital ASIN: B07VQST5YT
Making a list. Merry’s life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She’s behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn’t completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn’t what’s coming to town.
Checking it twice. Santa’s naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won’t be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna’s body stashed in Santa’s sack.
Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who’s naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.
About the Author
What initially got you interested in writing? When I was a freshman in high school, a friend and I started writing a teenage romance bo0k. She quit after a few weeks, and I continued as I had fallen in love with writing. I enjoyed creating the teenage life I wished I had. Writing gave me hope.
What genres do you write in? Mystery and romantic suspense (inspirational)
What drew you to writing these specific genres? I like writing stories where the main characters are trying to right the wrongs they witness or believe are being done to others who are in a situation where they can’t help themselves. And I also like creating a world where justice for those harmed is always found.
How did you break into the field? This was kind of a hard question for me to answer as some days I feel like I haven’t “broken” into the field yet. I think most authors have that insecurity at times. The first book I wrote that was published, Parental Source, was a police procedural (which is a genre I don’t write in anymore) and was published by a small press back in 2001.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works? I’d like readers to finish the story having a connection to the characters and enjoying their time in the world I created.
What do you find most rewarding about writing? The friends I have made. Writing helps me step outside of myself (I’m rather introverted) and it allows me to share who I am in a way that is more natural to me. There is usually a little bit of me in all of my main characters.
What do you find most challenging about writing? Deciding which is the next story to tell. I have a couple of different ideas competing for my attention and it’s hard to know which is the “right” book for my next project. Especially when one of the ideas isn’t quite in a genre I usually write in.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field? To take their time and consider all the options out there. A book doesn’t have an expiration date. Listen to all the advice but in the end make the decision that is best for you.
What type of books do you enjoy reading? I enjoy books that have a hopeful or happy ending. While there are times I do enjoy some angsty books, I still like there to be some hope that one day the main character will have a happy future.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? Besides the US, I have lived in Okinawa and in Germany.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Through my Facebook page and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaFreeburnCraftyandCrimeAuthor/
Information about my books can also be found on my website: http://www.christinafreeburn.com
Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she’s been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.
Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.
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