It’s a Wonderful Christmas: Classics Reimagined

A beautiful Christmas gift—for others and for yourself. It’s a Wonderful Christmas, an anthology of novellas retelling well-loved Christmas classics. A perfect read for the holiday season. It’s a Wonderful Christmas includes stories by authors Julie Cantrell, Lynne Gentry, Kelli Stuart, Janyre Tromp, and best of all my friend/critique buddy, Allison Pittman.

Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

“To celebrate, five bestselling authors have joined together to create this enchanting set of holiday novellas. Nothing jump-starts Christmas nostalgia quite like the movies. With stirring images of snow-covered hills, crackling fireplaces, and happy families gathered around the decorated tree, these silver-screen tales capture all the magic and wonder of the season. Inspired by some of their favorite holiday films, each of these novelists has paid homage to the classic stories we all love, crafting an eclectic collection that delivers something for everyone.” (As described on Amazon.)

I asked Allison to answer a couple of questions about her involvement in It’s a Wonderful Christmas because inquiring minds want to know.

How did you get involved in this Anthology?

I joined up with several other authors to host a facebook page called Her Novel Collective, which is a place to reach out and find new readers for ourselves by keeping an on-going book chat on the page. And then…one of us (not me) had the idea that if we put ourselves together in an anthology, we would reach each other’s audiences. So after a million messages back and forth, we came up with a theme that would work for everyone! We all have a favorite Christmas movie, so writing novellas in tribute to them seemed the perfect fit.

What’s been the best part about being included in this Anthology?

The best part has been how much I’ve learned about independent publishing. Some things are like: wow! This is super easy! I would totally do this again. Other parts…not so much. But, really, being able to link in to the specific super powers of Lynne Gentry, Julie Cantrell, Janyre Tromp and Kelli Stuart — there’s just such a WEALTH of experience and knowledge there. We all have strengths and weaknesses, but when you’re working together for a common goal, those strengths can sometimes wipe the weaknesses away. I’ve also found so many new followers on all of my social media platforms, particularly Book Bub which, in this industry, is such a huge factor in finding success.

What would you like readers to know about this Anthology?

Readers are going to find such a variety of stories and writing in this! Kelli’s story is a straight-up fairy tale. Mine is a romantic comedy. Lynne’s is all Christmassy and warm, Julie’s and Janyre’s get a little deeper. There’s a story for every mood and whim, because we all followed our hearts. The book is a collection not only of stories, but of reading experiences.

It’s a Wonderful Christmas is available on Amazon, in Kindle and paperback.

And if you’re looking for more:

Last Christmas, Allison released Keeping Christmas: 25 Advent Reflections on A Christmas Carol. Another great holiday, curl up next to the fire with a cup of steaming cocoa, read. Especially if your a Dickens fan.

Keeping Christmas is also available on Amazon in Kindle, hardback, and audio.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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