Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Montana Christmas

Writing this novella was a pure pleasure because it let me experience Christmas as it was over many years for me. It is set in a place I dearly love-- Montana's ranch country. The characters are ones I spent a long time thinking about when I wrote From Here to There which takes place three years earlier. It is about the feel of Christmas, about a Winter Solstice celebration, about people and families and most of all always about ranch living and the beautiful state of Montana.

Novellas are an interesting form because of being shorter (anything from 17,500-40,000 words) and freer of form without the need of a beginning or an ending as we expect with novels. In writing it at a fast rate of 5000 words a day (wouldn't have been possible had it not been more like an extension of a novel than something new) kept me right in the story without the usual go do something else break. After five days of writing, I gave it two of editing (with help from another) and here it is with Kindle doing their part to get it out quickly. If you are in the mood for a Christmas story, have not yet tried a novella, give it a try.



A Montana Christmas is about the meaning of Christmas where it comes to family and ranch living. As a novella, it’s a slice of life taking characters from an earlier book, From Here to There, moving them three years ahead where Helene, in Montana to take care of her recuperating uncle, is determined she and her husband, Phillip will spend Christmas on the ranch instead of Boston or some exotic island as is his wont. Hoping to soon have a baby of their own, Helene is eager to make Christmas a time of family joy.

Phillip is busy with his consulting work back east, but his real reason for avoiding Christmas comes from childhood memories that make him want nothing to do with anything reminding him of those chaotic years. When he reaches the ranch and learns Helene’s full plans are also to invite his family, he’s less than thrilled, but on the ranch, he has plenty to keep him busy. Pleased by her plans or not, Phillip would do anything to make his lovely wife happy.
  
With all the characters in From Here to There, this novella adds some new ones. It also suggests the start of a new romance-- but to find out what that might be, read the 25,400 word novella-  A Montana Christmas


2 comments:

Tabor said...

Just one qusetion...do novellas sometimes become novels for an author?

Rain Trueax said...

I bet they do for some but this one will not. It told all the story I wanted told. BUT what it did was interest me (when I finish the two historicals) in doing a continuation because the romance in here interested me if I thought more about where it might go and which characters might be involved. That could be fun as one good thing about a novel-- you can change point of view. I did not with this novella and really enjoy writing a changing point of view for several characters.