Saturday, December 17, 2011

This Special Time of Year...with Michelle

There is so much that is special at this time of year. Actually on every day of the year. But this week we get to hear from Author, Michelle Sutton, whose writing focuses on Healing Hearts - fiction making an impact on real lives...

Michelle is a social worker who has been writing romantic fiction for over seven years and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, as well as an avid book reviewer and blogger on a variety of sites. She founded Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers social networking site which has over 1050 members. Southeastern Arizona is where Michelle calls home. She loves being surrounded by mountains and clean air, which inspires many of her novels. She and her husband are approaching twenty-one years of marriage and their two sons will begin their second year of college in August. She is the author of a dozen novels releasing through Dec 2011  and additional six new titles and two re-releases are scheduled to happen between 2012 and 2014. She presently has three publishers.

What is so special about this Christmas season to you, Michelle?

This time of year I enjoy having my sons come home from college to visit. There are parties to attend, concerts to go to (like The Messiah - an annual tradition,) and people to bless by just hanging out or given them gifts or cards. It's all quite exhausting, really, so I am glad it only comes one time per year. I particularly enjoy getting together with friends, at work, and for church groups to do White Elephant exchanges. They are always a laugh and a half.

When I was a kid we always watched Rudolf, Frosty, Charlie Brown, and The Grinch on television. Now that we haven't watched television for two decades we have gotten a bit out of that tradition, but we do watch (every year) this silly show with muppet-like puppets called "Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas."

When the kids were younger we watched the Veggie Tales movie about the Christmas Carol. I don't make cookies, but I don't mind eating them if given to me (and my hips show it, too!) We will go to church if it's on Christmas. We always go to the Christmas Eve services to sing carols and then we go home and open the stockings. In the morning we open the gifts to each other.

My kids have this silly tradition of writing crazy stuff on the packages with the name of who the gift is for. Sometimes it's quite hilarious, actually.

But my favorite thing is probably the Christmas carols we sing at church. It's the only time of year that hymns are sung anymore, and I love hymns. I also love the reading of the Christmas story. A few years I went out singing carols, but that's pretty cold and the older I get the more I appreciate the fires in the fireplace and the cozy atmosphere. The cold - not so much. Every year the traditions alter a bit, but for the most part we stick to the same routine.

When I was a kid our family used to have people from other countries like China and Vietnam over to our house for dinner. Now that we have a nuclear family of our own, we tend to be home bodies and just hang out together and play games. I take time off from work and we just veg out. That's what I love about this time of year most. Having my family together. 

SHIRLEY: Thanks so much for sharing that. I can see it all, and it does sound like a very special time, Michelle.

Please tell us now about your newest book. 

She longs for physical healing, but God uses someone from a dark time in her past to heal something more    important…her heart.
Ten years ago Raquel dumped Scott for an abusive man, only she didn’t know Scott loved her in a romantic way. She thought they were just good friends because Scott never made his feelings known. Ten years later they meet up again, only now she's a widow—emotionally fragile from years of abuse—and in need of a friend she can trust. She is taking care of her aunt who has cancer, but now her own health is failing. Scott never got over Raquel and he worries he will fall in love with her again. Her past rejection causes Scott to guard his heart as he   helps her navigate the unwanted changes in her life. Over time he begins to trust her again as she fights discouragement over her diagnosis. He gives Raquel the unconditional love she has always longed for, but will that be enough? 

SHIRLEY: This sounds like a great book! I am thrilled you are planning to donate a PDF copy to one of our readers.
     Thanks, Michelle, for taking a few minutes out of your Christmas holiday to spend a little time over here at A Pen for Your Thoughts!
     May you and your family have an awesome Christmas together around that fireplace...singing those carols...opening your stockings...reading the funny cards on your packages...and sharing in the joy of cookie time.

     There's nothing so awesome as when family comes together as one.

     For our viewers: Tell us one special thing you'd like to see happen at Christmas time this year, that you haven't seen happen recently. (Be sure to leave your email address. And I will draw the winner's name on Christmas EVE!)


  1. I enjoyed reading about Michelle and her Christmas traditions. And the book sounds like a really good read.

    Since we left town last year just before the snow started sticking, I think it would be nice to see some snow on Christmas Day!

    Hoping to get the good news on Christmas Eve that I can open the pdf for a good story!

    Merry Christmas,

  2. I agree with Shirley, this sounds like a great book. I am enjoying the traditions my daughters are incorporating with their families.

  3. It does sound like a great book one id like to add to my collection ! AS far as something I would like to see happen at Christmas that I havnet seen happen in a long long time , Id have to say family peace and happiness and us all to get together for something besides funerals and weddings ,I think to often we take our loved ones for granted and when there gone , we are just stuck with living with the regrets of what might have been !!

    I hope that everybody has a wonderful and blessed Christmas ! Thanks for the chance to win ! Would love to have it !!
    God Bless

  4. I'd like for everyone to have safe Christmas travels. Some years, we've had bad weather that made it difficult for folks traveling to family gatherings.

  5. I would love to be able to go back 40 yrs and have the courage to leave my xhusband. Both my son and daughter would have been so much better off without him. My son loved my father and brother but we did not visit my parents as much as his (x's). I miss my happy, laughing son who believed in working and showing up for work. After an injury while working he got hooked on prescription drugs. His wife also took them and she left him for his friend. He was able to get off Rx drugs but then a girl gave him street drugs and the spiral began. He was a great mechanic and everyone still talks about how good he was but because of drugs he can't find a job of any kind. I no longer know what to do and it is breaking my heart. I still pray for wisdom on how to handle this and hope and pray I do receive an answer soon.

    I love Michelle's books and would love to win.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  6. Michelle, you are one busy lady. But, as you said, Christmas comes only once a year. I pray that yours will be filled with the splendor and wonder of our Lord.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. I'd like to see my sons go to church with me.

    sheiladeeth at hotmail dot com

  8. Sounds like a great book!! I would really love it if we could get my mother in law to go to church with us for Christmas Eve. We ask her every year and she never wants to go.

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

  9. This year for Christmas I hope all our family will get along.

  10. thanks for the chance to read this novel...merry christmas.

    wishing all to be w/ loved ones this person or by phone :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. all my brothers and sisters to get together would be one wonderful Christmas.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  12. I have a wish to see my little sister drug free this Christmas, it is a dream that won't happen, but praying for next year!

  13. Love your traditions Michelle! Especially the crazy names on the packages!