‘Tis the season for family, friends, and fun traditions. If you’re like me, you’ve got some that have lasted since childhood and others that morph every year. This time of year can be frantic and sometimes overwhelming, but I always love it.
For me, the season starts at the beginning of December with a newer tradition: high tea surrounded by Christmas lights. Each year, I do it twice: once with a group of friends I’ve (mostly) known since elementary school, then again with my fiancé. Then, the season kicks into high gear with a long-time favorite: holiday shopping for my family.
Next up is a newer one: tree and ornament shopping with myfiancé. The way that tradition is going, I’m going to have to buy a bigger tree each year to hold all of the ornaments!
Next up are a few traditions that you might expect for a suspense and romantic suspense writer. First is something I do with my critique partner: the annual watching of our favorite holiday movie: DIE HARD (yes, it’s a holiday movie!). Then is a newer tradition – since I sold my first novels in 2012, I’ve either had a book due in December or one hitting bookstores (or both)! This year is no different – I’ve got to finish a short story by New Years’ Eve.
As December races along, the parties start: with my various writers’ groups, with friends, and with family. Christmas Eve always comes faster than expected and then I’m celebrating with my fiancé and his family. Christmas morning finds me surrounded by my family (watching my niece and nephews get excited over whatever Santa has brought this year!). Then, after Christmas, I keep the spirit going with one final get-together, merging my family and my fiancé’s.
And under my own tree? Inevitably, there are books. I hope there were some under yours, too (or wrapped up for however you celebrate the holidays!) But in case there aren’t, if you share your own favorite holiday tradition and on goal for 2019 here, you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD, the novel in stories I’m part of – and that was named as the Best Anthology of 2018 by BOLO Books!
About Elizabeth Heiter
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into eight languages; they’ve also been shortlisted for the Daphne Du Maurier award, the National Readers’ Choice award and the Booksellers’ Best award and won the RT Reviewers’ Choice award.
The heroine of Elizabeth’s Profiler novels was called “one of the most amazing characters created in print” by Fresh Fiction. Her novels have received praise from Lee Child, J.T. Ellison, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, R.L. Stine, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Suzanne Brockmann, Hank Phillippi Ryan and Zoë Sharp.
Happy New Year!