Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Days of Christmas with S.R. Johannes

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Each day for the next 12 days each of our blogs will feature a different author. There will be guest posts, interviews and giveaways! So be sure to stop at each blog to join in the fun!

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Today's guest is:
S.R. Johannes

A Grace Filled Holiday

The best part about Christmas for Grace is being with her family at home.

In Untraceable, after her father goes missing, one of her concerns is the holidays looming around the corner.

It could be her first Christmas without her dad.

So this year, that is her Christmas wish: to get her dad back.

Last year, she asked for a new knife, a motorcycle (which Tommy actually gave her on her birthday), some vintage t-shirts, and a new rod.

A typical Christmas at Grace’s house would not be much different than any day for her.

First, Grace and her dad would go cut down their tree fresh on Christmas morning after a huge breakfast. Later after they decorate, they would exchange gifts. She would give him a fishing “Lure of the Month” subscription and her mom a new set of Knitting needles. They would give her a new camping knife (much bigger and sharper) and a huge box of Moon Pies (her favorite). Her mom would fuss over a turkey that her dog, Bear, would eventually steal from the table.

Then Grace and her dad would bundle up and take a patrol into the woods - where it would probably be snowing. They might try to fish if the river wasn’t iced over. He would bring back fresh wood for a fire.

They might all go into town at some point for some extra stuff. Grace’s dad would talk to everyone and buy stuff on sale, whether he needed it or not. They would stop by Carl’s place and Les’s station to drop off gifts. Wyn would be at Carl’s getting ready to go home. He would give Grace a spoof gift – like a hat that said KISS MY BASS. She would give him a fruitcake or a shirt that said “I’d rather be shopping.”

Later, Tommy would come over for dinner (since his wife is dead). He will bring them all presents. Some new fishing gear for Dad, something carved out of wood for Grace and flowers for Mom. He would join them dinner with them in front of the fire as a family. Tommy and her dad would sing Christmas songs (badly) as her mom played the piano (badly)

Grace would top off the night with Moon Pies and spicy Cheetos watching The Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation on TV with her dad and Bear. Her mom would knit another pair of socks for Grace and laugh as Grace and her dad recited every line.

Grace’s Chritsmas are simple but special. 

Author Bio (Long):

Shelli Johannes-Wells started out writing for her local school paper, winning a state Nutrition essay contest for “Be a Smart Cookie”, and singing in a local Jazz band. Somewhere along the way, she earned an MBA in Marketing and embarked on an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America working as a marketing and communications consultant.
In 2000, Shelli traded in her expensive suits, way-too high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications business,, and continues creating materials for a variety of large profit and nonprofit clients, including Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, Delta, CARE, and the Boys & Girls Club of America.
Shelli’s dream is to publish children’s books and magically imprint the imaginations of kids. In addition to juggling nap schedules while attending client meetings, Shelli focuses on her writing. She is a frequent marketing speaker at SCBWI conferences across the U.S and runs a popular marketing blog, Market My Words ( where she provides marketing advice for authors in the hopes of helping them better market their words.
In her spare time (yeah right!) and if the kids allow (yeah right!), Shelli obsesses over movies, reads children’s books (over and over), wishes she could squeeze in Bikram Yoga sessions, and dreams of sleeping in on the weekends.
She currently lives in Atlanta with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world.


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