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The Friends & Fiction Ugly Sweater Holiday Office Party

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Do your ugliest Christmas sweater, pour a festive beverage, and join the Fab Five for their first annual holiday office party. They discuss ther picks for best and worst in Christmas music and movies and their all-time favorite Christmas books.

Welcome to Friends and fiction. Fivebest selling authors, Endless Stories, Friends and Fiction is a podcast withfive bestselling novelist whose common love of reading, writing an independentbookstores found them together with jets, author interviews and fascinatinginsider talk about publishing and writing. Thes friends discuss the booksthey've written, the books they're reading now and the art of storytelling.If you love books and you're curious about the writing world, you're in theright place. Bestselling novelist Mary Kay Andrews, Christine Harmel, ChristieWoodson, Harvey Patty Callahan, Henry and Mary Alice Munro are five longtimefriends with more than 80 published books. To their credit at the Start of the Pandemic, they gottogether for a virtual happy hour to talk about their books, their favoritebookstores writing, reading and publishing in this new, unchartedterritory. They're still talking, and they've added fascinating discussionswith other bestselling novelists, so join them live on their friends andfiction Facebook Group page every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern, or listenand view later at your leisure. Hi, everybody! I'm Mary Kay Andrews,and tonight I am hosting our very first, much anticipated at first annualfriends and fiction office Christmas party. So tonight we're all aboutcreating new holiday memories. And, of course, somewhere in here will probablyget around to talking about books and authors and maybe even bookstores. So Ihope all of you got the memo and you're wearing your best ugly Christmassweater and that you're sipping your favorite holiday cocktail because youcan bet I am wearing my sweater. And so are the other ladies. So little intro.I'm Mary Kay Andrews tonight. This creation I'm wearing was supposed to bea very expensive sweater I ordered from an online place called to see elves. Itdidn't get here on time. So instead of wearing my dogs Christmas sweater sothat's what 2020 is about. For me at my forthcoming May 4th release is thenewcomer Now, Sean, will you bring in the next of our Christmas elves? Hi,it's Mary Alice. Merry Christmas, everybody. I'm wearing my get lit,which has a double on tundra, which I really, really love, and I'm going toshow you why I really love it. That's kind of lit. I'm talking about MerryChristmas, everybody. Here's a toast and we'll talk drinks later. Cheers. Hi,there. I'm Christine Harmel. I'm the author of the forthcoming ForestVanishing Stars. And I am wearing a sweater that has Santa Claus writing apterodactyl. Um, which is about as ridiculous as I could come up with asridiculous as 2020. So and I also have my little light up hat. And, um, I willtell you I had to accessorize with these bulbs because sometime betweenthe time this sweater arrived and the time I put it on, um, the light stoppedworking. So it's supposed to work like Mary Alice. Is that sadly the sweater2022. Oh, oh, I mute Andi. I think my fused with my light just blue. So sorrythat I'm a little dark. Unfortunately, you can see you. My sparkles. I am theauthor of the forthcoming Under the Southern Sky. Andi, I have to show youmy hat. It's itching honestly, so but it's it's pretty great. It's sequin,and it's very, very tall. Very Grinches e was upset that you all might not beable to see my Christmas socks. So they are actually a part of my attractivesweater here, along with this badge...

...that says the uglier. The sweater. TheMerry Christmas, which is so true. But really the best part of my costume thatI wanted to show all of you is my fingernails. So I hope you can see them.I've got Rudolph on my pinky right here and a glittery index finger and candycane tips. So wonderful. Pretty exciting. I love it. Hi, I am Patty Callahan. And, um, I amso covered in tinsel that just want to start ripping it off. Like Christiesaid, What do you drive? I thought it would have this, like, cute tensile andit Zagat Christmas problems. It s so obnoxious. And I can tell you 100%. Iwill never wear it again. But I am part of a million in my forthcoming novel. Idon't even know what it is. It's Christmas. I don't. My forthcomingnovel is survived Havana, and it comes out on March 9th on 2021 when hopefullywe will be in a new and better place. Okay, now we're gonna bring in ourstaff because it is the office Christmas party. Then show me. Oh,Maga's are managing director way had to search for a title for her. She's ourgirl and are managing director on What is that had exactly? Oh, it zagat way.Favorite Christmas way. Tell everyone that we were with you when you weighand tidy. Yeah. Fabulous Zatz sisters. Okay, now we're gonna bring in our Sean.Bring in our birthday, boy. Hey, guys. Sean, you have to show everybody a lotSweater. Okay? My fear. Old help. Pick out the sweater for me. A Christmasvillage at the bottom, like a whole Christmas village. E. First time I'veworn it, so yeah, I really believe you've saved it. She had this awesomeguys, Shawn is Are we call him The Cabana Boy. But actually, what? Whatactually is our savior producer? He's our producer. He's the man that pullsall the switches and makes us look like we know what we're doing when weabsolutely don't. Yeah, in my next book is coming out in five seconds. Thelower thirds. That'll be funny. Jokes on Sean. It be everything you hearbefore the show. Oh, my gosh. We owe closure. Greener. What? Everybodydrinking tonight? Oh, lots. I I'll start. This I'm so excited about thisis called a smoking bishop. And this is the dream. I had never heard of this. Imean, other than in Christmas. Carol. This is the drink that Scrooge offeredCratchit at the very end of a Christmas Carol in he would reform and it'sreally strong. And it's so good. It's got port wine in it, like a bottle. Ah,bottle of Portuguese red wine. It's made with Seville oranges and a littlesugar and a few close and you cook it until it's really warm. And oh, I promise you, it's so good andwe'll post the recipe. But this if you...

...want to do Dickins all the way This thedrink smoking bishop. Okay, Does anybody here team eggnog? I'm Tina.Sure. Uh, tonight I am drinking a creation that I got out of the Atlantapaper years ago. It's called a red rooster, and you make a slushy out offrozen cranberry juice. Frozen lemonade, frozen orange dudes popped up. Youfreeze that, it's flushed and then you pour it in your glass. A pretty glasslike this. Hopefully and then you add top it off with some ginger ale. Nice.What other cocktails do you ladies like? You guys I created something forfriends and fixin. See, it's our It's our signature cocktail, Um, created bylots of me drinking things I shouldn't be in mid day. Christie is wanting 20.It doesn't matter. So you guys, it's called the Fab Five. And it's a fiveingredient cocktail, Um, in our signature friends and fiction balloon.So we will share the recipe on the Facebook page. But the Fab Five, youknow, we might wanna put a potency. Um, like, how many? How many glasses Strongit is because I just once, but one simple Can't even talk of the smokingBishop e find the disclaimer that I sent out wouldn't drink and sleep atthe office Christmas party. That one. Good thing. Nobody's going anywhere sowe can drink as much as we want. True. Oh, my goodness. Right. Gonna show youall my bloody Marys Here s 01 of my friends makes these every year and letme say one of my very best friends and she will not give me the recipe. It isher secret family Bloody Mary recipe. Her mom makes them Her grandmothermakes them mean booze passed down through the generations you cannot beatit. But they are so good. So she always makes me, like, a ton of bottles forChristmas so that I can, you know, have you She won't tell me what's in them,which is so, uh, that is Meg. What's your favorite Christmas cocktail? I'mjust going to go with red wine and my feeling Extremely jolly wind lives.Yeah. Next birthday is a Christmas. Oh, really? 25th Christmas? Yeah. And theydidn't call you Holly or Noel. Mary? No. Her husband is a Halloween baby, right.That's that's true. Yeah, way that would make Meg That would make a reallycute meet. Cute book. You know, like a love romance. A holiday family. Thebaby is born on Valentine's. Yeah. You know, we got you guys. We hope that youhave all been posting pictures of your holiday finery. We love seeing it. Youknow, this half a tough one for a lot of us. So the five of us decided thatwe would lighten things up tonight, and we talk about the best and worth of theholiday season. Now, I don't know about you all, but I have been binging on allmy Christmas favorites. Have you guys already watched your favorite Christmasmovie? Yes, I'm my, uh mine is You guys want to share what yours is? Yeah. Whatyour favorite Christmas movie is okay. Modeling is and forevermore will bewhite Christmas John is gonna be Oh, Sean was going to bring up the movie.That's really sad work at the party.

That is just bad. E good making workingoffice for Catholic Charities. I love that. When they opened up the barn esoyears ago when I wrote my first Christmas novel Midnight Clear I had aSeems to us recreate Rosemary Clooney's Mrs Santa dress from the movie redsatin with for trend on And I had postcards made to send out tellingpeople that the book was come out. This was way back in the day, you know,because it's still my favorite movie. I couldn't sing all the lyrics to sistersSisters E o Okay, girl, tell me what your favorite movie Christmas movie is.And Sean, are you a diehard Christmas movie fan? He left us way. Nothing says Christmaslike Die Hard Way used to come home from Christmas. Nikolai Bath and my sonand husband would sit there and watch Die Hard Christmas Vacation ChristmasWay E. What's What's your favorite Christmas movie? Well, E. I have to saymy favorite Christmas movie is because it's a family favorite and that's elf.Um, uh, you know, my kids have always had the little else. There it is. Andthey can say every line in the movie about cotton headed, cotton headedninny muffins. And they still have to watch it. Yeah, and But I do have totell you that last night the dye Howard died. Yes, subject came up and Pat said,I'm in the mood for a Christmas movie and you said, Die hard. I said, That'snot a Christmas movie, E. I was out voted 321 because both my sons boysChristmas movie like I'll watch out. But I mean, I love her, but I don't Ilove that. And the other Christmas movie I love so much is love, actually.Yeah. Actually, I should have put That is my Yeah. In fact, I don't think Ithink I've watched it 20 times and there has never been a single time. Ihaven't cried at the end. E I'm still mad at, um what's his name for thebracelet? Oh, I know a movie So not so happy. Let's go home. And he died acouple years ago. E I love his voice e actually, actually, and die hard to Sothat's true. Yeah, it runs Snopes or Snipes or whatever In Harry Potter. Hey,Waas. Yes? Hey, died. I'm a little sad now. What? It's not fair, but thewonderful author Neil Gaiman, you know the ocean at the end of the line Helane, he sometimes reads his books. He sounds exactly like, you know, I alwayswrite wonderfully, but he sounds like Ellen. Hey, crab left. Don't be sad. Heleft behind some great work and one of my favorite Christmas. Okay, first. Andwhat's your favorite Kristen Christmas movie? Mine is thing. This, uh, it's amovie called the Night They saved Christmas. Um, it was a made for TVmovie from 1984 star card. When poster isn't that amazing? Jackson Smith andArt Carney e e can't even explain it. E came out when I was five. E think itmight have just been like the right. Is it pretty imprint my gosh, you guys.That is Santa, though. Like so, the the...

...plot of the movie is Jacqueline Smith'skids have to save Christmas and, like, save North Pole City because their dadis dynamiting near North Pole City and he doesn't believe doesn't believe thatSanta is there. So, yes, it is a fabulous movie, and I wasn't sure if itwould stand up, but no, Uh, my 4.5 year old loves it too. So we have anothergeneration now of weird people in my family visualizing Santa thatparticular way e going at that movie e Remember the movie? Really? Well Way,Christie, How about you tell you, you always have, like, a little excitementgoing on in the background. So tonight I was trying to plug my computer and Ihad my light on the tree, and the 10,000 lights were plugged in and thefuse blew off course. Got a little well, master time. Yeah, and I'm like, Well,you're gonna have to figure something out because I can't move. And I can'tplug my computer into any other Alan. So he just went and got the extensioncord off with the golf car E What? I'm sweating this sweater. So Okay, so myoh original Grinch. I love it so much. I just It's my favorite. It's like theright length, you know, it's not super long. The remake last year was reallycute. Um, Thio really cute. But this is just my forever. Like Carrie. I justdon't like Jim Carrey in a Green. That's It's Me. Oh, it creep. That onecreeps me out A e. I really like the one with Boris Karloff as the voice ofthe Grinch. Yeah, I just heard that it's not worth Karloff singing the song,though E heard on some radio Christmas radio thing. That's like, You know,that's not Boris Karloff singing the song. It's somebody else. I know that Idid not know that. Okay, with the world on a different a little different thana grij I love It's a wonderful life. Yeah, it's just such a great movie. Andthe reason I mean, there's so many I prefer, and I watched them all. I mean,almost every night I just get into the covers and I have the TV in my bedroomand I love to watch. It's the way I come down a Christmas. But I love theold movies. I really do. And the reason I love some of my favorites are theones that have not so sweet stories, but the ones with the families reallygo through. I'm like you'll see the family Stone E. Yeah, I love to crybecause then at the end, you're like, Oh, life, especially this year, Youknow, you get through tough times, and what I love about a wonderful it's awonderful life is it's not an easy story. You have a guy who's standing ona bridge about ready to jump. I think about how desperate that Waas. And then,of course, he sees how his life changed everyone's life and he made adifference. And when he's at the very, uh, and he's running down the street,right, Mary and he wants to get home. Once he figures it out. He wants to behome so fast that I'm crying at this point, and then they're all again thewhole towns there and the family comes. It's just all about giving and thecourse when Clarence comes in the bell E you can't help it e It's very hard totake you very seriously. I'm sorry. Yeah, I think telling this Beautiful onThere's the week But you don't you...

...sometimes love to have your hearttwisted just a little bit? Yeah, yeah, So it zig Jimmy Stewart. How can younot love a movie? It's definitely a watch every year for me. Two on theother ones. There's one that's not really a Christmas movie, but it's JudyGarland singing. Um, meet me in ST Louis. Yes, that's a must watch. Oh God,when he sings, Have yourself a merry little Christmas on. You know that thelyrics of that song it's Have yourself a merry little Christmas eso there's this lyric in the distanceWe might not be here next year. Yeah, because it's It's sort of a downer song,actually. Thank you. Well, no wonder she went out smashed all those snowmen.Has Thio remember? That's what she did. The little girl That's such a greatmovie. But I think the old movies touch some kind of a schmaltzy factor. Yeah,that the new ones don't Okay, let's talk since we're way. Uh, yes, I'm inmy way. Uh, yeah, it's a good thing I didn't try to put it on this yearbecause with those Kobe 30 or whatever they are, probably couldn't s e musicand musicals. Do any of you all have a favorite Christmas album or a song thatjust immediately put you right into the Christie mood? I mean into the holidaymood. Now Christine and Chris e got to slow down on the drink. Him. Wow! Inthe Christine. All right, Christine, you start this Christie eyeglasses overthere. I'll start. Okay. Well, there's some that are just classics. I mean,Mariah Carey singing All I want for Christmas is you. I feel like it's justlike epic, um, James Taylor singing Go Tell It on a Mountain is Yeah, Magic.But for something like a little off The Wall Train has this Christmas album andthey, like, wrote Christmas songs And they are so good. It's like become oneof my feet. Yes, Christmas in Tahoe E didn't know that. Yeah, and I like tolisten Thio but Christmas music for like, weeks on end. And it's a littledifferent than every other Christmas album. May I ask who's trained the band?I know, but is a popular my my just old and don't know who it is, you know? Eremember e been to train concerts and I can't actually see Oh, yeah, yourrecommendation on I'm gonna ask the oracle called Google and find out. Hey,Jupiter is a is a good one. Yeah. Okay, Patty, you've got one. Yeah, I havealways loved Amy Grants Christmas album called Tennessee Christmas Y'all It isjust like the That's the updated version Sean showing right now. But itcame out probably 20 or 30 years ago and every song on it, But the songTender Tennessee Christmas But the song that makes me say Christmas is here iswhen she sings the duet with her husband, Vince Gill and they sing thatsong Ah, grown up Christmas wish list All the things we want a nuts And it'sjust it never fails to make my eyes filled with tears and say Okay, it'sYeah, Christmas even. Yeah, yeah. Uh, Christian by reading ask, you know, ButI'm happy to go. So my, uh, my actual...

...answer is Silver Bells. Whatever.Version the Bing Crosby version of the Elvis version of the Michael Bubble.Whatever but especially the Bing Crosby version. It's just, um I don't know.It's It's just a magical song to me. Um, but I also have to say, since I've nowouted myself is a complete dork for liking this 1984 movie So much e. Butcan you still love me? After this, I rediscovered ah, year or so agoanalgesia I loved when I was 10 because I was obsessed with the new kids on theblock. But do you guys know that the new kids on the block head of Christmasalbum in 1989 e o immediately e just get really close to the screen toe?Look at that cover because I e right, you guys can see it now. I'm sorry, butthere is a song from that album called Funky Funky Christmas, and I put it onabout a year ago, thinking that Noah would crack up because it has somefunny lines in it, and I knew every single word 30 years after I lastlistened. Thio every single words, yes, funky, funky Christmas will always holda special place, but because you think like space, that's a thing that couldbe used for something like really brilliant cause. I'll hear things, too,and I'm like how, like I was listening to, like some really old WhitneyHouston album that my mom used to like Play is set in the car and I was like,I know all these songs still e prepared but I can't remember to pick up the drycleaning E. No, I know exactly what I did an hour ago. Yeah, Mary, Alice,tell us about your favorite. Yeah, well, actually, that's a perfect segue Way aperfect segue because, you know, at Christmas time I love new songs like IThink Bruce Bruce Springsteen's Super Cool I Love I Laugh, Marcus. Sorry,that's my favorite song. You know, the Santa Claus is coming to town. Yeah,Santa Claus is coming, but I'll tell you the ones that make up the album's IDon't Buy Christmas albums anymore. I just let download and things, but theones that I do have CDs of still are the ones I grew up with. I love youremember I'm dating myself. But Andy Williams hey owned Christmas back inthe day, his voice sweaters Andy Williams And then there was of coursebeing Crosby songs. You know, we had, um, Nat King Cole. You know, HarryBelafonte has a great Christmas album. And when that you know Perry Como? Yes.On when I hear Perry Como Holiday station on my Pandora. Really? Yeah.It's all those people you just said, Mary Alice, It's amazing. And those arethe ones my mom and dad listen to when we were growing up. So they when I hearthem, I'm like, back to that place. And so I think I was trying to think, whichis the one that I really tear up the most over and it really is. I'll behome for Christmas, the one with and it's the one son by Frank Sinatra isthe best, so I'll be home. And I was thinking that this year, sort of likewhat we were talking about before. This is a year that, you know, a lot of usare not gonna go home, so I think that a lot of us will be teary eyed. Butthere's a beauty to it. You know that I just love their, uh well, I have toadmit that mine favorite album is from the sixties And it is, um, PhilSpector's. I think it's called Phil Spector's Merry Christmas to You, butit's oil sixties wall of sound songs...

...and my all time favorite is Darlene.Love of Singing Christmas Baby. There she is. There isn Christmas BabyChristmas, Baby, please come home. She is something that every year on DavidLetterman's last show of the Christmas season, they would make this hugeproduction and you know, they would have, um, they would have stars come onplaying the saxophone and it was just so much fun. So Christmas, baby, pleasecome home is my Yeah, Sean loved that. Okay, Shawn, now you're a composer andmusician Christmas song. Oh, man, I'm such a sucker for Christmas stuff. Iwas just introducing my wife and three year old to, of course, like the albumswe listened to as kids. Mine was a very special Christmas, too. O e don't know.There's a Tom Petty Christmas song on there, Just I Love There's a Boy CementE Not as good as New Kids on the Block, but what could be what e. Have you everwritten a Christmas song? I covered a Christmas song. A few times I haven'tread in original No ah, lot of Halloween. I've done whole album way.Just keep peeling back way A Christmas present Finding that help you got towrite a Christmas song for next year's Christmas party. Thanks. No party. Oh,alright. E your back, your neighbor Christmas album E. I guess I have to. Ithink Forest faras rock and roll and kind of funny. It would be, um, fatherChristmas by the Kinks e I. Also I'm not a huge country music fan, but I dohave a huge soft spot for Willie Nelson's pretty paper. Oh my God, TheSaddest Christmas song ever. Well, that whole album is just so good. Yeah, yeah,And one year my mom and I were listening to what we were putting upthe tree, and we were mad because my brother and stepfather weren't helpingus. And so we were like, we could do this ourselves. We went, got the tree,dragged it home when the whole thing fell and all its Yeah, we didn't wantthem to have the satisfaction of knowing e get out, went back to theplace, Got another tree, came up on the whole time I'm not. Soundtrack is in myhead. That's awesome. Hilarious. E I got from the television just came outin my house. That's bizarre. Ghost of Christmas past is visiting. Honestly, Idon't know how that happened. My grandkids were in here watching somestupid cartoon. Okay, now your least favorite Christmas saw. My I'm gonnastart because I think this is the worst. It's called Christmas Carol. Iunderstand it's called Christmas Carol. It's about a little four year old girlorphaned girl. There it is. No, no, that's not it. Things is a countrymusic song, and it's about a man that he's a little girl and she doesn't havea money. You're in a daddy, and that's all she wants for Christmas. It's atotal sob fest. That's my least favorite. Mary. What about yours? Igotta tell you, it's It's not that the songs about it have a holly a boy. Itnever gets out of my head. Just hears that voice, you know, and it's justevery time you turn around college that's called an earworm. You get thatsong and you wake up in your singing and your like, Are you kidding me?little told me that he read an article that chewing gum helps get the songsout of your head. Really? What? That's...

...interesting way. Yeah, that's true. Myleast favorite is that song about the Christmas shoes saying, Yeah, it's justit should be illegal. That's come to be illegal. It's just terrible. I mean, oh,I can't even think about it. It's way. It's awful. It's awful. You guys,Grandma got run over by a reindeer way. Always start singing Grandma Got E.That's a really right from a grandpa we believe. Hilarious guys I have to trumpon. I'm so sorry to do this, but the Internet has voted The worst Christmassong is the Paul McCartney one for really there's many articles about isthe worst song. How does it go? I don't I don't know. Oh gosh. Christmas e e ok e a a Holly. Jolly No, the Internet is Doesn't know what they're talkingabout. The Internet way have the worst of anything. E doesn't even make sense.Okay, let's concentrate positive. Okay, love, come out. How about you know,since we're friends in fiction, let's talk about our favorite Christmas books.Do you all have a favorite. Are you care to share? Hmm? Um, because I e I think I mean, itsounds dorky, but just like but I'm like Kristen, So we're in the dork festfamily. But, I mean, I just really love the night before Christmas, and I thinkI love it the most because when my kids were little there Oh, my gosh. Andthat's the exact book I have on when they were little, they would just siton my lap and I would read it. I have a picture of Rusk and I'm reading it tohim right before you went to bed on Christmas Eve. And it was just thiskind of transition from, you know, go to Christmas Eve service. You have thebig meal, you put everything out and then you read that book and then it'sbed and you're waiting for Santa Thio. Just don't get those days back, so I e.Who was on Saturday Night Live because it's always That's the story thatgrandfather's always read to their Children. But Saturday Night Live didit, and it's the actor. Did you see it didn't Oh e Oh my gosh, it's the famousactor and I think I had something to drink. It's It's I blame it on the, uh,smoking this shit blew it out of my brain. This smoking, smoking your brain.I don't know. We'll look at all That's a good one. E Think we I think we havea guess about what yours is. Yeah, Your favorite Christmas Look, here's yourclue right here. This is Carol I and I think it was even Mawr emphasized. Yeah,it's to me the classic and, you know this was published in 18. 53 mostpeople don't realize after this book was published, he really popularized alot of the ideas that we have about Christmas, you know, they're giving thebig Christmas chair having a drink. You know, all this is part is part of hiscreative mind, which is so great I don't think there's any character morefabulous than Scrooge. I mean, who thought he's a genius to come up withthis guy. And also, if you think of all is first lines, you know, the best oftimes the worst times he was really...

...good at first lines, and this is thefirst line of Christmas. Carol Marley is dead. Ooh, that's it. I mean, that gets yousucked right in. So Christmas, Carol is I mean, the best. That's a great hook, Kristen.How about you? I'm gonna copy Patty. It's the same one the night beforeChristmas. And you know, I have childhood memories of it, and we'rebuilding you childhood memories with Noah now on. In fact, he even has weget him this year. A ah little bear that reads the book for him. So it's abear that has, like, a little book open in front of him, and he reads theentire the night of progress. Will you send me the link to that? Sure. Yeah,absolutely. I have to have it. Not for my grandchildren. For me. Way awesome.Noticing how good I look a long way. They are a padded shoulders. I'm havingwater. Like I feel like I sound like I've been drinking, and I have not. I'mjust really having a good time in our party. What? Christine? How? They'redesperate for a party. You just need something fun, E. I'm going to say thebranch the branch again. I mean, that's just a good So it's so great. I mean, Igo all the other ones, too. I mean, they're amazing. I just was gonna saysomething that somebody else had and said, I just love it. I just think it'samazing and wonderful and I love to read it every year. Yeah, well, mine is,um, you'll never believe Truman Capote, who wrote in Cold Blood and Breakfastand Tiffany's, also wrote a book, A Sports Story. Actually, it's called aChristmas memory, and it's a Depression era warts story. Originally publishedin Madamoiselle magazine in December of 1956. It's about a young Southern boymodeled, of course, on young Truman Capote, who is helping a beloved,elderly, distant cousins, Sook, gather the makings for fruitcake. So it z in. It's in Alabama, you know the character,uh, the little boy in To Kill a Mockingbird. Um was roughly based onTruman Capote, whose Aunt Trim and Capote would get dumped at his aunt'shouse when his mother went off doing whatever she was doing. So the littleboy in To Kill a Mockingbird is based on a young Truman Capote, and this is asemi autobiographical story, which I absolutely love. Okay, now we cannotleave you without talking about food. Wait, wait, wait. But first we have tomention I believe some of us have Christmas books, I believe. And thosewords ring of my absolute favorites. Oh, bears mentioning. Yeah, yes, we would.Any of the three of you like to talk about your Christmas, Max? Have to callit off. Did you go ahead, Mary. Alice, You have it right there. My one andonly this is Ah, Lok Country Christmas. And I wrote it a couple of years ago,and I really I had this in my heart for a long time, and it actually came outvery quickly when I wrote it. And it's the story of ah, Marine who comes homeat Christmas time and you're supposed to and he s PTSD and I Oh, it's reallyhow a family of the shrimping family is down on its luck. And this little boywants a dog for Christmas, and it's sort of modeled after. It's a wonderfullife where it's it's a tough story. The Marine is going through tough times inthem. You know how mothers are supposed to make it feel like I could makeChristmas happy. I don't care what the dad, it's always if you have a badChristmas, it's Mom's fault somehow.

Isn't it always, always, always the mom.So moms like our Christmas present? Is Taylor coming home? And the 10 year oldboys like So what I want for Christmas? I want a dog. So in the story, um, thisPTSD Marine gets his service dog, and that's like the angel and it's awonderful life. It changes his life. But who's not happy? The little boy. Hegot a dog, too. So it za Chris. It's uplifting at the end, and I really, uh,I'm living on there. We all are. And I hope you all do, too. Next, Patty, tell us about the perfect lovesong, The perfect love song Waas a shoot off of my novel and then like andthen when light breaks once again, I'm drinking water, too. But then, like itwas the shoot off of when light breaks. And I loved this book because I didn'tset out necessary to write a Christmas novella, which is what ended uphappening. But I wanted to know what happened to the sister the best friendand the brother I wanted to know I left them dangling in when light breaks. Andso I have their story in the perfect love song and it incorporates all myfavorite things music there in a country music band. Ireland mythologythe myth of the Claddagh ring and I weave them all together and I take youto Ireland and I loved writing it. And every time I think about that littlestory, I kind of grand I love that book. How about you, Mary Kay? Well, I wroteBlue Christmas, Um, 15 years ago. I can't believe it. I had to look up thecopyright date and I read it because my daughter was engaged getting marriedand I thought, I gotta find a way to pay for this big wedding. This video.My ankle called me up and said, I talked to your editor and we have anidea. We want you to write a Christmas book, and I said Okay. And he said, Butyou only have this much time to write it on dso I took myself down Thio. It'sset in Savannah and nobody told me you can't have a Christmas book set inSavannah because it doesn't snow eso and I actually looked it up on theirhat. There have been some snowflakes on Christmas in Savannah in the past, Soanyway, blue Christmas it's got Elvis. Um, because that's another one of myfavorite Christmas album, Christmas. Scott. Elvis. It's Got a Bag, Lady.It's It's loosely reminiscent of Ah, favorite um, Bette Davis Christmasmovie that's called I forget what it's called, but there's gotta character andit called Apple Annie and she plays in a bag. A pocketful of miracles, Pocketful ofmiracles. Glenn for another good movie, Glenn Ford and Betty Davis go running.Sure, we have to hurry up. OK, we have to talk about our favorite Christmasrecipe. Patty eso You think it would be something very traditional like, youknow, stuffing or oyster casserole? Or But I gotta tell you, I make these hugebreakfast casseroles on Christmas Day, and I tried not to make it one year,just like it was a busy year, and you were just talking about kids andtraditions and them noticing. It's been blaming the mom. If you one thing thatyou do every year, did they notice the garland and the tree you put up And thethings you cut? No. They noticed the one thing you didn't do, just like youdo every year. And for us, it's this just huge, gooey breakfast casserole Imake with sausage and bread and eggs and enough cheese to drown in and weget up and we get our coffee. Nobody is...

...allowed to touch anything until theyget their breakfast casserole, and then we sit down and open all the stockings,So Okay, we gotta hurry, OK? Lightning round. Just one sentence of your other.Uh, it says Christmas one recipe. Boom, go rocking A. But go on. That's a rockyroad Fudge, Mary Alice roast beef and Yorkshire pudding every Christmas. Andby my mom's Christmas fudge. Uh huh. Man Jinx. Jinx. Um, line has to beChristmas ham. My mother in law would put it on Christmas Eve before we wentto midnight Mass, and we would come home and the whole house would smelllike ham. And, um, that says that sounds Christmas Eve to me. So, ladies,I'm afraid our Christmas party is coming. Wait. Don't we have someChristmas photos to show Or do we not do that? I can't remember if you haveany, John or I think this is funny. We've got to share what we have. Uh, no,We didn't send it to him. We will put weight. Got some old Christmas photoswe want to share with all of you. I didn't have one, so I'll put it on theway. Mary Kay, What's time? Christmas? Happy holidays. Merry Christmas. Ahappy holidays way on All our friends and fiction members asked, Verycreating a holidays. Bye, everybody. Bye. You've been listening to the friendsand Fiction podcast. Be sure to subscribe to the friends and fictionpodcast wherever you listen. And if you're enjoying it, leave a review. Youcan find the friends and fiction authors at www dot friends and fictiondot com as well as on the Facebook group Page. Friends and fiction comeback soon. Okay? There are still lots of books, writing tips, interviews,publishing views and bookstores to chat about Goodbye.

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