1. Give us a Twitter-length description of your Christmas title, Home For Christmas.
A cheerful holiday gift for an overseas soldier becomes so much more. Share Christmas with Layla and Tate.
2. Why did you set your story at Christmas?
A few years ago we were considering sending a Christmas care package for one of the Australian Service Dogs in Afghanistan and we went online to get details and discovered that every dog receives four packages, while there are not enough packages sent for the soldiers – some soldiers miss out. I began thinking about that and I decided to write the story of a soldier and his Christmas care package. Then I decided he should come home the following Christmas and Layla and Tate’s story was born.
3. What is your favourite thing about Christmas time?
Giving to family and friends and watching the joy that gifts bring. Giving to strangers you will never meet, and hoping they have a better Christmas because of your gift.
4. What do you hope Santa will leave you under the tree this year?
I was going to ask Santa for a rescue doggie who found herself fallen on hard times at Christmas, but my husband surprised me with a gorgeous puppy last week. Now I’m wishing for a toilet trained puppy so Santa doesn’t step in a puddle 🙂
5. Finally, are your characters naughty or nice?
90% nice, 10% naughty. How else did they end up on a mattress in the back of a ute under a blanket of stars ?
Sergeant Tate McAuliffe, stationed in Afghanistan, opens his Christmas care package from Australia and is stunned by both its contents and the sender.
Fun-loving Christmas tree designer Layla Preston is a breath of fresh air for loner Tate. Although they’ve never met, their email friendship quickly develops and their feelings for each other deepen.
But Layla knows the heartache that loving a soldier can bring and when Tate is injured, her deep-seated fear drives them apart. With their relationship in tatters, can Layla and Tate work through their differences, so Layla can welcome Tate home for Christmas?