Main Character Monday: Mistletoe Make-believe

Welcome to Main Character Monday. Today, we continue meeting the characters of Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams, the new novella collection from Scrivenings Press. Today’s guest is Samantha Arwine from “Mistletoe Make-believe” by Amy R Anguish. Thank you for joining me.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?

Well, I’m actually there. You see, my muse needed a romantic location to see if I could … well, jumpstart my writing life. That last failed romance really killed my creativity. So, I picked the island where my parents honeymooned—St. Simons just off the coast of Georgia. And it’s even prettier than I imagined.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Which of these traits do you find easiest to display in your life? Which of them is the hardest to display?

Well, the hardest is obviously patience. I mean, why would I go chasing a story idea if I could stand to sit still and wait for it to come to me?

And the easiest? I’d like to think I exude joy. Maybe not, but I feel like I smile a lot. That counts, right?

Sure, we’ll count that. It’s a step in the right direction anyway, and that’s closer to joy than a lot of people I know. What is your favorite story from the Old Testament?

Ruth. I can’t help but love that God put a romance in the Bible. And someday, I’m going to find my Boaz, though maybe I won’t lay at his feet in the middle of the night.

 I think something must get lost in the historical traditions of the time! I can’t imagine doing that either. What is your favorite book in the New Testament?

I John. Sounds strange, huh? But it’s full of verses about love, and how can I, as a romance writer, not enjoy that?

Very true. How can you write love, if you don’t understand what it’s meant to be. If you could leave us with one message, what would you want us to know?

Be careful agreeing to a situation that involved deception and lies. Especially if it’s with a very handsome man. It might turn out okay in the end, but it might include quite a bit of heartbreak, too.

Hmm. Sounds like experience talking. My readers and I are going to have to check that out. And now, for a little fun. If you could have one exotic pet, what would you choose?

Are gerbils exotic? I don’t think I want anything more “exciting” than that. Birds are too noisy and messy. Lizards eat things I won’t touch. And I can’t imagine owning a monkey. No, I think I’ll stick with something small and cute, even if it’s not very exotic.

And let’s end with some rapid fire questions and answers.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset. I’m not usually a morning person.

Pie or Cake? This is hard. Hmm. Pie, I guess, although I won’t turn down cake, either.

Tulip or Iris? Tulip.

Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate, obviously.

What three words would you use to describe Amy Anguish?

Well, when she was writing my story, she was pushy, divisive, and slow. But don’t tell her I said that, because, as an author myself, I tend to be rather cruel to my characters, too. 😉

I’d like to thank Samantha for joining me today and Amy for sharing “Mistletoe Make-believe” with us. If you have questions for Samantha or Amy, just drop them in the comments. Keep reading to learn more about Amy and Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams. Then click on the link at the bottom of the page to get your copy!

More About “Mistletoe Make-believe”

Charlie Hill’s family thinks his daughter Hailey needs a mom—to the point they won’t get off his back until he finds her one. Desperate to be free from their nagging, he asks a stranger to pretend she’s his girlfriend during the holidays.

When romance author Samantha Arwine takes a working vacation to St. Simons Island over Christmas, she never dreamed she’d be involved in a real-life romance. Are the sparks between her and Charlie real? Or is it just her imagination?

More About Amy R Anguish
Author of An Unexpected Legacy, Faith and Hope, and Saving Grace
Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.

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