Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ivy B chatting with Raven McAllan, an author who is always in season.

Hello Sweet Bees

Hmmm...perhaps that's not the best title. I was trying to imply or say or what have you that an author like Raven never goes out of style. You can read any of her books, any time of the year without having to worry about being caught wearing white after Labour Day. However, I think the title of this post may steer towards saying that Raven can be hunted at any time of the year.

But I digress.

And I'll get on with it. Today, Raven is here with a very interesting post. It is about reading certain kinds of books at certain times of the year. Take it away Raven.


A Book for all Seasons?

I had a conversation with a friend a few days ago. We were talking about books set in a certain season, and whether you were only inclined to read them in that season.

She was of the mind that in the winter, she'd light the fire, close the curtains and read a book set in a snowy cold climate. I wondered why not summer and sun to warm her up. My friend was adamant she read warm books in the warm months and cold in the cold. It suited her.

Okay, well why not?

Myself I realize I don't have those limitations, I read whatever I feel like whenever I want to. Sometimes I enjoy reading about hot summer sun when I'm curled up in front of the fire, or imagining my heroine kicking piles of crispy (or in Scotland more likey soggy) autumn leaves as she walks through a misty forest. Or sat on a sunbed with the heat warming my skin and reading of a cold winter's day. It all depends on my mood.

But then I had a thought. What about Christmas?

Because of course your Christmas weather depends on where you live. So therein lies a dilemma for those of us who have a book for all seasons. Where do you slot a Christmas story? I put this question to my friend who paused and nibbled her lip. "Ah."

Yes, ah. Does that mean if you live in the southern hemisphere you like your Christmas books set on a beach with a barbeque, and in the north set inside in front of the fire? It sort of messes with the clear-cut lines doesn't it? As an author I've decided that I'll write books that whatever time of the year they're set, you don't have to only read them then.

 Last winter I had two books set around the Christmas season. One Regency; The Perfect Gift, and one contemporary; Deck Mac Hall. Yes they were both set in the run up to Christmas day, yes they both had cold weather in them, but no, they weren't specifically just about the season. They were about love and life and happy ever afters.

And I reckon we can read HEA's anytime and anywhere we want.

What do you think?

Happy Reading,

Love R x


Yes, I too am curious about what you think? I personally don't worry about if the season I'm living in fits the season of the book. However, I will only watch Christmas themed movies at Christmas time...

Be sure to find Raven at her blog Raven's Ramblings

Thank-you to Raven for stopping by and for all of you who stopped by, 

Ivy B awaiting your views on this thought provoking post!



Raven McAllan said...

Thanks for inviting me over Ivy. Maybe I can offer a copy of either of those books to a commenter chosen at random...

Kiru Taye said...

Yes, I'd read a story with a Happy Ever After in any season. :)

Ivy Bateman said...

For sure! Thanks Raven!

Raven McAllan said...

*whew* wipes brow, thank you Kiru

Linda Kage said...

I've always wondered if people still buy Christmas stories during non-Christmas times of the year. But I'm with you, I read whatever, whenever. I don't have to follow the season. Neat post!