Bestselling Christian fiction author Melody Carlson has enchanted readers with her uplifting Christmas tales for decades. She is the award-winning author of more than 200 books with sales of more than 7 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice, and her novel All Summer Long was made into a Hallmark movie.
Now she invites fans to journey overseas to the beautiful French Alps with the release of her new heartwarming story about family, love, and hidden treasure in A Christmas in the Alps. Let’s see what Meloday has to say about her new book.
FF: With over 200 books in print and 7 million copies sold, how do you keep coming up with new stories?
My favorite answer to this question is that story ideas are as limited as the number of people on this earth—past, present, and future. Because, to me, every person is a story. The possibilities are limitless.
FF: When did you first start writing Christmas novels?
About twenty years ago. At the time, the idea of a Christmas novella was relatively new. But I’ve done one every year since then.
FF: What was the inspiration behind your newest book, A Christmas in the Alps?
I love a multigenerational story. This one is about a family fractured by war and broken hearts. But all these years later, they are brought together by something miraculous—forgiveness.
FF: A Christmas in the Alps is the first Christmas title you have set in an international location, Arve, France. Why did you choose this location?
Arve is actually a fictional town. The River Arve is in the French Alps near Switzerland. I’ve traveled Europe a few times, and the Alpine villages have always been my favorite places. I wrote this story during the COVID-shutdown era, and traveling to the French Alps proved a great escape!
FF: A Christmas in the Alps beautifully blends both romance and mystery. Can you provide readers with a hint about the hidden treasure?
The treasure is a link to the family’s troubled past. Although it was something of monetary value, it’s much more valuable in another form.
FF: One of the main characters in your book, Kyle Larsson, is apprenticing to become a clockmaker. What type of research was required to accurately portray this profession?
It was fun to learn a bit about both clock- and watchmaking. I found a number of good resources on the internet.
FF: What do you hope readers will experience from your book?
An enjoyable “journey” with some unexpected twists and turns that will leave them with a sense of joy.
FF: What are you working on next?
Right now I’m adapting a novel (Looking for Leroy, which releases in 2022) into a screenplay.
A Christmas in the Alps
Genres: Romance, Christmas
Release Date: September 7, 2021
Get ready for a magical mountain holiday
After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that Simone is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, she boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth.
During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who’s on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone’s family’s clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more.
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