Friday 21 October 2022

Behind The Scenes of The Christmas Cupid: What Inspired The Book?

The Christmas Cupid | Jennifer Joyce

I love Christmas. More than love it. I have over 40 pairs of festive socks, a shelf full of Crimbo mugs and an obsession with nutcrackers. When December comes, I'm Mrs Christmas. Alright, alright. When November comes. At the latest.

Christmas mugs & nutcrackers

Every year, the town where I live hosts a reindeer parade, which is full of festive characters and performers, and I wanted to capture the enchantment as families gather to watch it. The Christmas parade was the starting point of a new book idea. Something very festive. Something... magic. I'm a big fan of fiction with a quirky, magical element - Big, 13 Going On 30, Liar Liar - and Christmas is the perfect time to add a sprinkling of magic.

So I knew I wanted to write a festive story that involved a Christmas parade and a bit of magic. Maybe a bit of time-travel? But not the time-hopping kind like in The Twelve Christmases of You & Me. Maybe a do-over of the festive period, but how would that come about?

Christmas parade
See more parade picture on my Pinterest board here

It was when I was watching a Christmas documentary (huge fan of those) about a festive parade in London that I saw a bus with a Santa Claus on it as part of the parade. What if someone was run over by that bus, and it was actually being driven by the Santa Claus? It would be horrific, obviously, but also a bit... funny? Not ha ha funny, but come on, imagine getting run over by Santa.

The seeds of Zoey's story was planted. A Christmas parade. An accident. And the chance to re-do December.

Find out more about the book:

The Christmas Cupid | Jennifer Joyce

‘Laugh-out-loud funny… Everything you want in a Christmas book and more!’ Jaimie Admans

One Day in December meets Groundhog Day in this hilarious Christmas rom com!

Zoey Beake is having a bad December. She might be an elf in the local toy shop’s Christmas department, but it’s hard to stay festive when you’ve just been dumped, you’ve had an extremely unfortunate haircut, and your boss volunteers you to walk on stilts in the toy shop’s Christmas parade.

But then something incredible happens.

Zoey is sent back to the start of December, with the chance to live the whole month again. The catch? She has to match six true-love couples by Christmas Eve. Now it’s not just her own love life she needs to fix… Grab the mistletoe, the Christmas Cupid is ready to matchmake!

A funny and uplifting Christmas romantic comedy for fans of Holiday RomanceOne Day in December and Santa, Please Bring Me a Boyfriend!

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