My first ever published work was a short story found in the Austenesque anthology Then Comes Winter. My story, Becoming Fanny, is about a girl performing in a musical production of Holiday Inn over Christmas. Aside from performing, Blair likes to do quizzes. The story opens with her taking a quiz entitled: “Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?” Blair gets Fanny Price from Mansfield Park and she’s not impressed. The story is a mashup of Mansfield Park and Holiday Inn where Blair learns to find the merits of being a “Fanny” while maybe falling a little bit in love at the same time.
Holiday Inn isn’t the most Christmasy of Christmas movies, but it’s one of my faves. It came out in 1941 and takes place over all the holidays of the year, but it showcases two Christmases. It has some beautiful Irving Berlin musical numbers sung by Bing Crosby and an amazing tap dance by Fred Astaire (with the firecrackers). If you haven’t seen it, check out this trailer!
And now for the giveaway! In the comments, tell me what your favourite Christmas/Holiday movie is and you can win either a DVD of Holiday Inn, or a kindle copy of Then Comes Winter– your choice! Open internationally!