Interview with Kaylee Baldwin, Author of Six Days of Christmas

Six Days of ChristmasSix Days of Christmas: A Holiday Romance Novella is a wonderful Christmas story recently released by WUFC Author Kaylee Baldwin. When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children who seem to be multiplying, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother—someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Margaret: What inspired you to write about relationship break-ups in your story?

Kaylee: Christmas is the perfect day to believe that miracles can happen… even if it’s believing in something that seems impossible. Natalie’s story is a story about change. She’s the kind of person who has always known what she’s wanted in life, and she will work hard to make those dreams come true. In the beginning, she has everything she thinks she wants: the perfect boyfriend, the perfect internship, and a chance at the perfect job. But when she goes to her roommate’s family’s house for Christmas, everything starts to fall apart, and she has to learn what she REALLY wants in life.

Margaret: I loved the boisterous characters in Six Days of Christmas. Are their personality traits modeled from people you know?

Kaylee: Usually my characters have traits from people I know. Jimmy is a huge tease, and I took a lot of his personality traits from my husband and brothers-in-law. My husband’s family is the kind that if you have an embarrassing moment, they will remind you of it until you die. I absolutely love them, and their dynamic, and I thought they would be the perfect match for someone like Natalie, who needs to loosen up a bit.

Stan (the Christmas-crazy father in the story) isn’t modeled off of anyone specific, but he’s one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written. Quirky and *this* close to crazy, but he is passionate about Christmas and his family (and mini figurines of Santa.)

Margaret: Tell us about the different holiday traditions you wrote about in the novella . . . are they from experiences you’ve had or did you research them out?

Kaylee: The traditions! I wish my family did these. I knew I wanted to write a story about a girl who discovers the spirit of Christmas (and falls in love) but I needed something more. Then one day, my husband and I were talking and he started telling me about a Christmas tradition in Mexico and it was a major “ah ha!” moment. I got online and spent weeks researching how different countries celebrate Christmas. It was fascinating! I could only choose six, though, and from there my story came together easier than any story I’ve ever written.

Margaret: That’s wonderful and sounds fun. What are you writing now? When might we expect to see it on the shelf.

Kaylee: Right now I am working on a short romantic story for the California Dreamin’ Timeless Romance Anthology collection that will be out in April.

Margaret: Thank you for visiting today. I look forward to reading the California Dreamin’ Timeless Romance Anthology next spring.