Welcome Delaina Netherland Smiley, author of One More Santa!

I’m happy to have fellow Anaiah Press and Texan author with me today to talk about her new Christmas novella, One More Santa!

What was your favorite scene in your book?

I really enjoyed writing the scene where Talent, Cassie, and Ruby created the Christmas rainbow with their bows and arrows. My son is a competitive archer and I, being his #1 fan, enjoyed using his expertise in my writing. Plus, it was something I haven’t read before so I loved getting to be creative.

Best writing advice you ever received:

“Don’t wait until it’s perfect, or even published to share your writing with the people you love.” That advice came from my late friend, Monica Barter, and I wish I had heeded it much sooner. My close friends and family were my catalyst to putting content out in the world and I’m so grateful.

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

I usually have an idea for the main character, but the rest of the cast and crew develop around that person. I did have a head start on “One More Santa”, though, because I wanted to use the names of my grandmother and her three sisters: Rosemary (my grandmother), Cassie, Betty, and Brenda. That made it easy because the characters suddenly took on a life of their own once named. 

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

I think they love it. They have been so supportive through both the writing process and then the final products. They share everything and talk about the books when they’re out and about. I’m grateful they are so supportive!