It’s that time of year when the chill in the frosty air brings us indoors to hunker down with thick comforters and mugs of steaming hot chocolate overflowing with fluffy marshmallows. When holiday music and movies become the soundtrack to our everyday home lives. When we gather ‘round the fire for company, drink, food and love. When we are celebrating and remembering those we treasure and hold near and dear. When the real meaning of the season is family – by our DNA or by our heart. When we reflect and give thanks for all we have. In a nutshell, unconditional love.
I’d like to welcome Kris Neri to share the beauty of the season with us. Kris Neri writes the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Hagerty magical mysteries, featuring a fake psychic who teams up with a Celtic goddess/FBI agent, and the Tracy Eaton mysteries, featuring the daughter of eccentric Hollywood stars. Her books have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and she's a two-time nominee for the Lefty Award.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
Gift-giving, of course! I love finding the perfect gift for those on my list. I don't mind dropping hints about what would make perfect gifts for me, either. I like that tradition, too.
Favorite childhood toy?
I was never much of a toy-loving kid. I always much preferred finding
a stack of books under the tree. Nancy Drews and Cherry Ames, and even
the Hardy Boys, were my favorites, but then, like now, I read everything. But when I did play with toys, I would always opt for some building toy — Tinker Toys, blocks, etc. — over a doll.
Favorite childhood game?
I did receive a cool pinball game one year, which I guess was my generation's version of video games. I'm sure I made everyone crazy with its bells and whistles for a while, but I became so obsessed with it, I played with it for hours on end.
Snow ball fight or making snow families?
No question — snow families! One thing I especially love about snow is how incredibly quiet it gets while the snow is falling. Snow ball fights are fun, and there are always lots of laughs, but building and communing with snow families just keeps the quiet going. (Well. it helps that they don't say much.)