Welcome to the Blog Tour for Finding Their Christmas Home by Donna Gartshore, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Donna on the blog today to talk about what inspires her as she writes!
FINDING THEIR CHRISTMAS HOME by Donna Gartshore
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2023
A holiday homecoming
Could lead to a second chance…
After years away, Jenny Powell returns to her grandmother’s home, known as “Christmas House,” only to find her ex already there. A household emergency left David Hart and his twin daughters with nowhere else to go, and he enlists Jenny to help him give his daughters a Christmas they’ll never forget. But with the past standing between them, could this holiday season bring the gift of a happily-ever-after for them all?
PLAYLISTS AND CREATIVE GIFTS
by Donna Gartshore, author of Finding Their Christmas Home
Thank you for inviting me to your blog. It’s great to be here!
I love the question about playlists while writing because I am definitely someone who is inspired by music.
I should clarify that I don’t actually listen to music if I’m full board into writing I’m a person who hears the lyrics (not everyone does, I’ve discovered) so that can be rather distracting when I’m searching for my own words.
But when I am preparing to write, when I am at that beginning stage with my favorite thick-nibbed pen and a notebook that encourages me to Believe: – I believe that the most beautiful thing is worth waiting for and the sweetest fruit takes patience – then music is my welcome companion.
I have been particularly enthralled by Taylor Swift’s Folklore lately. I think she is a wonderful storyteller and has a great sense of what makes a story work.
While I was working on the third book in my current contract, I came across a documentary on how Swift and her collaborators worked together to write the songs for Folklore. I caution a slight language warning and I am definitely not saying that I agree with all of their philosophies. But hearing them discuss their creative processes had a tremendous impact on me. It literally made my eyes fill with tears of gratitude that we have the chance to be creative people in our Creator’s world.
I sincerely can’t think of a better gift and I hope to always use it to His glory.
There are so many talented story-telling singers out there, so I know that inspiration is only a click away.
I am inspired by other things too. I love reading books that talk about the creative process, such as Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and I am continually in awe of those who have mastered the delicate balancing act of poetry.
But I am also inspired by people simply living their lives. The strength and perseverance and, yes, creativity it takes to be the best people we can be is something I consider to be remarkable.
I don’t think people need to be writers or singers or dancers to be creative. I believe we are creative when we prepare meals for our loved ones, deal with challenges that come our way and find ways to worship our Creator.
I am grateful to be able to tell stories and I am endlessly grateful for the wonderful, creative people who read them.
Donna Gartshore lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. Along with writing inspirational romance for Love Inspired, She has also published several short stories and poems with various literary publications and writes devotions. Donna loves family time, walks, coffee and movies with friends, serving in various capacities at the church she attends and talking about books and writing with her friends and the writing community
(3) winners will win a print copy of Finding Their Christmas Home, Finding Her Voice and a devotional!
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What about you? What makes you want to read Finding Their Christmas Home by Donna Gartshore?