Thursday 12 November 2020

The 12 Christmases of You & Me: 12 Fun Facts

The 12 Christmases of You & Me Jennifer Joyce

I love reading the Did You Know? section on imdb after watching films and TV shows, so today I'm sharing 12 behind-the-scenes facts about my new book, The 12 Christmases of You & Me.


Festive Music

One of the first things Maisie hears whenever she travels back in time is a festive song. The inspiration for this came from Gavin & Stacey, where most of the episodes begin with a phone call between the pair. I liked the idea of having a ‘rule’ that signaled the start of each time-travel episode and thought a festive song would be perfect.



Naming Characters

Jonas Brown’s name was inspired by characters from Netflix's Dark (Jonas Kahnwald) and Back To The Future (Doc Brown)


Nanowrimo 2019

50,000 words of the first draft of the book were written during November 2019 for Nanowrimo. It was my first attempt at Nano and I’m doing it again this year.


Familiar Setting

If you've read The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, you might recognise Val's Cafe.


Naming Characters

While I was planning the book, I was re-watching Glee on Netflix and decided to name Maisie's siblings after characters from the show.


Present Day

If you do the maths, Maisie’s ‘present day’ is 2020 – but there isn’t a hint of Coronavirus (it wasn’t a thing when I started writing the book in October 2019, and I prefer Maisie’s Covid-free world).


Familiar Setting

The pubs frequented in The 12 Christmases of You & Me can be found in some of my other books:

The Star Inn (The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts)

The Farthing (The Wedding Date and Everything Changes But You)


Naming Characters

TV also inspired Anya's name, because I was re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then Angel while writing the book.


Jonas' Look

And speaking of Buffy and Angel... one of Jonas' looks was inspired by Spike from the shows.


Naming Characters

The character of Karina Davis was named after one of my newsletter subscribers. I put a call out for a name in one of my newsletters and Karina's name was picked out of the hat!


12th November

The 12 Christmases of You & Me starts on 12th November ('we’ve only just survived the onslaught of trick-or-treaters, and Bonfire Night was only a week ago') and this date was chosen for a specific reason; it's a very important date in Back to the Future as it's the date when not only does George kiss Lorraine at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance for the first time (thus ensuring Marty is born), it's the night the clock tower is struck by lightning.

Find out more about the book

The 12 Christmases of You & Me

What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life?

Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas?

When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again?

The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.

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