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A Conversation with Catherine Lanigan, Author of HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (Shores of Indian Lake #12–with a giveaway!)

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1.  They should know I take my writing very seriously. I feel a responsibility to deliver the best of my talent at the age I am when writing it.
  2. I’ve been writing for 40 years.
  3. I work endlessly on screenplays.
  4. My first Hallmark movie, THE SWEETEST HEART was aired last year
  5. I love to cook.

Congrats on the Hallmark movie! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

In my town, La Porte, Indiana, there used to be the most fabulous all glass greenhouses built right after WWII. I spent a great deal of my childhood Christmases there, helping my mother choose the right poinsettias for the house and for friends. During the 1990’s I would come back to town for Christmas to see my family and that greenhouse was my first stop. I literally cry when I pass the abandoned greenhouse now.

Oh, that’s too bad!

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

The best part is that I knew when I was six years old that I was a storyteller and to have spent nearly my entire life, being allowed by God to do the work he intended me to do, is something I am profoundly grateful.

The most challenging? Being patient while a group of editors finally read my proposals and then let me loose so I can write my book.

Patience is hard no matter what your job, that’s for sure!

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Right now I’m writing An Enchanted Thanksgiving. It’s another in the Shores of Indian Lake series.

How exciting! We need more non-Christmas holiday books 🙂

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m reading Amy Vastine’s FALLING FOR HER BODYGUARD. As all Amy’s books are, it’s wonderful. I love her and her writing.

I also read a great deal of research that is not geared for Heartwarming. Astrophysicists. Archeology. Ancient civilizations. Most is for a television series I’m writing.

Oooh, Amy’s book sounds great! Love that title 🙂

If you had to sell your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS like a shooting star, will spark the heart and ignite hope that love never dies.

Perfect! Thanks so much, Catherine!

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About the author:

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, RESCUED BY THE FIREFIGHTER and HERS TO PROTECT (2019).

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for

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Home for Christmas
(Shores of Indian Lake #12)
By Catherine Lanigan
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can a magical Christmas under glass…

…bring them back together for good?

Widowed dad Adam Masterson still doesn’t understand why Joy Boston left Indian Lake and broke his heart all those years ago. Now she’s returned to sell her grandfather’s beloved poinsettia greenhouse—and Joy and Adam’s connection is as strong as ever. But Joy has a life in New York. And Adam has only until Christmas to convince Joy that she belongs in Indian Lake—with him.

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Also in the series:

Shores of Indian Lake series covers


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– One winner will receive a $100 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

– Two winners will each receive a signed copy of Home for Christmas with a bookmark (US only)

– Ends November 27, 2019


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  1. Cassandra D Cassandra D

    I really like the different book titles and the inspiration for this book information is very informative.

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