Triple Digits and no A/C do not a Christmas story make – Jill James

So, I sat down to start my Christmas story for the Authors of Main Street Collection and noticed that hot air was blowing on my face. Okay, I’m pretty sure that the air conditioner is supposed to blow, like, cold, you know!!

????????It was hard enough to get into a festive, holiday mood and writing a holiday story, when in Northern California it is still summer with sun, shorts, and swimming. So, on top of the triple-digit heat wave, the air conditioner decides to stop working–totally. Blowing nothing but hot air as I’m trying to imagine freezing temperatures and cute little winter hats with pom-poms. 🙂

Sitting at my desk, hoping for any breeze at all, and not even the glimmer of a story hits my brain. But wait!! A light bulb goes off. Turn it off, it is already too hot in here. I have the start of a jewel thief story with a Robin Hood motif. That will work.

Suddenly, my head explodes with Robin Cappington; a former thief with her dad, Little John. But he sits in prison and Robin now steals from the thieves to get back jewels the police can’t go after. Uncle Tucker cases the joints and is the detail man. And Ian Marr was the love of Robin’s life, until he turned on the gang and let her dad be left holding the bag. She could hate him if she didn’t still love him and need him for the next job: stealing back the Christmas Rose necklace from the deadly Taos gang.

My contribution to the collection will be the short novella, The Christmas Con.

Thankfully, the air conditioner was just broke for a day, the weather has shifted into what passes for Autumn here; it is in the high 80’s this week, and the story is coming together.

Before you know it I’ll be humming Jingle Bells as I work. 😀


Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
Coming Soon: Love in the Time of Zombies

About Jill James

Jill is a published author with The Wild Rose Press and self-published with The Lake Willowbee Series. She enjoys reading just as much as writing. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @jill_james
This entry was posted in Jill's Posts and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to Triple Digits and no A/C do not a Christmas story make – Jill James

  1. leighmorgan1 says:

    Laughing in solidarity. I’m writing my Christmas story as well and up until yesterday it was near 100 with soul draining humidity. Yesterday it was in the seventies and today’s high is estimated in the 60’s. I love summer and early Autumn here, it’s like anything can happen day! Your Robin-hood short sounds phenomenal! I can’t wait to read this Christmas collection and I’m very pleased to be a part of it. Happy Christmas Writing in Shorts. 🙂 Maybe by the time I’m done with mine there will be snow in Wisconsin…stranger things have happened.


  2. Carol says:

    Writing in a season that’s so different is hard. It’s all about pretense! 🙂 Turn the AC on high and write away. Good luck.


  3. Love your story, Jill! You make plotting look easy!
    Keep cool– ;J


  4. susanrhughes says:

    We had a wave of humidity this week, complete with thunderstorms, but today we had to wear jackets. Doesn’t feel like summer anymore.


  5. Joan Reeves says:

    Jill, inspiration is magical, isn’t it? The Christmas Con sounds great. Can’t wait to read it.


  6. monarisk says:

    Hot air for inspiration of a Christmas story! Good going, Jill. From your blurb, I am sure you’ll have a great story.


Please Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s