Christmas Is A-Comin’

Halloween is past, and November is now here, which means that thoughts are turning to Christmas, and my new North Dakota based novel, number 4 in the Will Nickerson Mysteries Series, is making its debut as well.  Let’s Make It Merry Christmas is my first attempt at a Christmas-related book.  My first inspiration to write on the subject of Christmas came from an editorial in a newspaper two or three Christmases ago.  The subject of the editorial was all the ‘classic’ Christmas films that are shown on TV each year, most of them being tearjerkers.  You know the type.  Weepy, mushy, sentimental–they really bring on the tears.  Christmas books are much the same.  I tend to stay away from Christmas books and movies just because they are ‘too sad’.  And I’m sure I’m not the only one who does so.  The same as with animal stories–many of which are ‘too sad’, too.  And–you guessed it!  I tend to stay away from those as well.  So–that made me think.  Why not write a Christmas-related book that’s not sad?  Good idea, I said to myself.  But how?  First of all, just what is it that makes a sad story sad?  Let’s identify all the elements that create tears.  People (or maybe cutesy animals) suffering hardship in one form or another during the Christmas season.  Or maybe weepy reminiscences of Christmases long long ago.  That’s what it boils down to.  Poverty, illness, loneliness, a death in the family, loss of a pet or a cherished Christmas gift.  Or just bringing to mind better times in the past, now long gone and irreplaceable.  These things all make the tears flow profusely.  There are plenty of stories on such subjects, and don’t get me wrong.  I’m not knocking them.  Many people enjoy that type of story.  But–why not dare to be different and write something else?  A tear-free story of Christmas.  Something that will be unique.  Something that will stand out from all the rest.  But what should it be about?  Stay tuned…

Let’s Make It Merry Christmas is available in paperback and Kindle editions from and also on Nook and Kobo

Let’s Make It Merry Christmas is in e-book editions on Kindle, Nook and Kobo.

Order the 6 x 9 quality paperback edition from or It’s a fun read. It’s North Dakota. It’s Christmas. And it won’t make you cry.