Susan Sands stopped by the Tule blog to discuss the third book in the Louisiana series, A Bayou Christmas!
Where did you get the inspiration for A Bayou Christmas?
The real-life setting of the series is Natchitoches, Louisiana, where Steel Magnolias was filmed while I was in college there. The town has a world-famous Christmas Festival of Lights, so doing a Christmas story there fit perfectly for rounding out the three-book series.
What has been your favorite part about writing a series set in Cypress Bayou, Louisiana?
The first book in the Bayou Series, Home to Cypress Bayou, was the first book I ever wrote, so having it published after fifteen years is such a thrill.
What song would be in the soundtrack to Allison and Nick’s love story?
Famous in a Small Town by Miranda Lambert
Because Allison is so impacted by the gossip in Cypress Bayou, where everybody knows everything. She’s from a suburb of Chicago and isn’t accustomed to the familiarity the residents of Cypress Bayou have with each other.
This is your heroine’s first Christmas with her birth family. Do you have any favorite Christmas or holiday traditions with your family?
We’ve always decorated Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve. My brother and I did it with my mom and grandparents when we were kids, and I continued the tradition with my kids.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Stealing Ares by my author friend, Kim Conrey. It’s a suspenseful space opera/fantasy novel.
About the Author
Susan Sands grew up in a real life Southern Footloose town, complete with her senior class hosting the first ever prom in the history of their tiny public school. Is it any wonder she writes Southern small town stories full of porch swings, fun and romance?
Susan lives in suburban Atlanta surrounded by her husband, three young adult kiddos and lots of material for her next book.