Kaylee BaldwinÂ is the author ofÂ Six Days of Christmas.
Keylee, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born in Logan, Utah, but I spent most of my life in Arizona. I currently live in southern Arizona with my husband and four children.
What makes you passionate about writing?
I love creating! When I sit down to write, I am putting pieces of myself into every character and every story. The ability to write and create is a gift that I am very grateful for.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
For this story, it only took me three weeks. That is unusual for me, though! This is the quickest story I’ve ever written. Full length novels usually take me 3-6 months to draft.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration for this book was actually a concept. I knew I was going to write a Christmas book, but I wanted to explore the idea of a character that is so focused that she can’t see that maybe what she THINKS is best for her life, may not actually be so.
What is the title of your book?
Six Days of Christmas
Could you give us a back cover blurb?
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 friendâ€™s brotherâ€”someone who makes her question everything sheâ€™s always thought she wanted.
What genre does your book fall under?
Do you have a favorite character, why?
I love them all in different ways, but Stan–the Christmas-crazy stepfather–was my favorite to write. Without Stan and his passion for Christmas, there is no story. The Six Days of Christmas Tradition is his idea after all.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I would love for my books to provide a few hours of escape for readers. I like writing things that leave the reader feeling happy and reminding them of the goodness of people and life.
What else might pique the readerâ€™s interest in your book?
Here’s a short snippet from my book:
Natalie lifted her head from Jimmyâ€™s shoulder, her face only inches from his. â€œIs this always how Twelve Days of Christmas goes?â€
Jimmyâ€™s breathing was still heavy. â€œNo. This was definitely abnormal. Iâ€™m starting to get why Stan said he didnâ€™t have the energy for this anymore.â€
They looked at each other and started laughing again.
â€œThat was crazy. Seriously.â€
â€œBut it was the most fun Iâ€™ve had in a long time,â€ Natalie said. â€œThank you.â€ Their laughing tapered off, and as Natalie realized how very close they were, something in the air changed. Jimmyâ€™s chest rose and fell under her hands, and though part of her knew she should move, another, bigger part of her really didnâ€™t want to. Jimmyâ€™s eyes searched Natalieâ€™s face, and she noticed more about him than sheâ€™d ever had. His green eyes. Those long, dark lashes. A strong jaw that he hadnâ€™t shaved in a few days. The way his lips invited hers to come closer.
Jimmy moved almost imperceptibly closer until their breaths mingled.
Where can we find your book?