Let’s Talk with Terry Ambrose

Perfect holiday moments

by Terry Ambrose

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and I’m glad we’re fully into the holiday season now. Christmas is my favorite holiday Unfortunately, I’m one of those people who remembers very little about my childhood. So even though we lived in Connecticut when I was really young, I don’t know if I ever experienced a white Christmas. I’m sure my mother, who passed away about a decade ago, is probably looking down right now and is really, really irritated with me. I can just hear her saying, “You don’t remember that, either?”

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We actually have a running joke in our house about some of those perfect Hallmark moments. It all started with the full moons directors seem to be so fond of. My wife started calling it a Hallmark Moon. Next came the Hallmark dogs. Then it was Hallmark kids. Now she’s talking about wanting a Hallmark husband…sorry, honey, but after 40+ years, I’m non returnable.

I’ll admit I indulge myself with a few of those ‘perfect moments’ when I write. In the Trouble in Paradise mysteries, it’s usually a sunset or a walk on the beach. In the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast mysteries, it might be a tender moment between Alex and Marquetta or her dad. True to my feelings about my favorite holiday, both series have a Christmas mystery. The Killer Christmas Sweater Club is the third Seaside Cove book and came about when I was a guest at a December mystery readers event. All the group members were wearing ‘ugly Christmas sweaters.’ My first reaction when I saw all those sweaters was, what if an ugly sweater was the motive for a murder? The idea was a hit with the group, so a book was born.

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For this holiday season, will you get to indulge yourself in a few perfect moments? Leave a comment to let me know your favorites, past or present. Contest is closed and winner selected.

Happy Holidays to you all!

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