Today I welcome Haley Walsh to the blog . Hayley has released a collection of short stories for the holiday season.
A Very Merry Foxemas
by Haley Walsh
Skyler Foxe and his friends take a break from solving crimes in this fluffy holiday treat. Four humorous and hot short stories make up this delectable holiday fare that is sure to warm hearts and sheets this cold winter season.
Interview – Holiday Spirit
I love Christmas and always look forward to it. What’s your favourite holiday of the year and what makes it so special?
Christmas is pretty darned good, of course—said the Jewish girl (married to a Gentile), but I’m pretty partial to the American Thanksgiving holiday. We’ve been camping with friends for the last six years and it’s been working out great (we have a cozy travel trailer so no tents and sleeping on the cold ground for me. I will only rough it so much). Some years ago we made a pact that we wanted at least one holiday with no drama, and so we decided that Thanksgiving was for friends ONLY—no family! All sorts of friends have been popping in over the years. But what I also like about the camping is the cold crisp weather, the mountain air, the wild turkeys wandering about the campground (they know they’re safe because everyone already has their turkeys cooking), and how we cook OUR turkeys; we do them on a spit over a campfire. I tell ya, there is nothing more mesmerizing than watching the meat turn and turn for hours. With a drink in hand, of course.
That sounds wonderful and a special thing to share with your friends. Do you and your family/friends have any special holiday traditions?
Prior to our camping escapades, I used to sew extra legs onto the turkey for roasting just to amuse my son, who was fond of turkey legs.
LOL. Great idea, I must try it! What’s the worst Christmas present you’ve ever received?
As a kid growing up Jewish in a predominantly Christian world, I would receive one of two presents during the school holiday swap. With my very short hair I’d either get a fancy set of barrettes or get a tree ornament. It always seemed to be one or the other, both of which I could never use.
What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
I needed it for my writing but we were pretty poor and I never expected it, but my husband gave me my first laptop oh so many years ago. I still tear up thinking about it.
What a lovely hubby. 🙂 If you could be granted one special gift for the world for Christmas, what would it be?
Empathy. Really being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. If we all had that, there would be no wars, no homophobia, no racism, no homelessness, no hunger.
Christmas carols. Yes or no?
Yes! I was at one time a professional singer, a soloist and choir director for a church (yes, I know)
I think the fact I’m surrounded by tone-deaf family puts me off carols. Maybe I’d think differently if I grew up listening to you sing. Do you watch Christmas movies? If so, what’s your favourite all time holiday movie?
The Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol…and also the Mr. Magoo version.
What inspired your current holiday story?
I was reading some m/m holiday romance stories, and though my characters are all mated, I wanted something silly and romantic. Mostly silly. And it was only intended to be ONE short story and, well, I couldn’t stop myself. So now its FOUR short stories in a very slim novella, A VERY MERRY FOXEMAS.
Tell us a little about the main characters in your holiday story.
Skyler Foxe and his friends usually appear in my LGBT mystery series of the same name, but this time in this novella there is no crime to solve, no murders, and no angst. Just fluffy humor and a little hot action. I call my novellas “DVD extras.” They complement the series. I wouldn’t shrug them off as something to skip, though, because in the very first one FOXE DEN (another holiday novella that takes the characters from Thanksgiving through the New Year), there is some important plot development that you will definitely miss out on if you don’t read it.
Skyler Foxe is in his first year of teaching high school English Lit in his old high school where he meets the sexy football coach Keith Fletcher. He has a cadre of friends—the Skyler Fuck Club or SFC, so called because they were all his former hook-ups. Skyler is a fun-loving guy who gets himself mixed up in murder and his friends often accompany him on his amateur sleuthing duties as the Scooby gang. Jamie is the flamboyant web designer, sedate Philip owns the local coffee place called The Bean, Rodolfo is a passionate Ecuadorian pastry chef who looks like Antonio Banderas, and Dave is a tall and handsome firefighter. Skyler, however, has fallen for the dark good looks of the football coach in his very first real romance and he has had a hard time navigating the dangerous waters of a relationship.
In A VERY MERRY FOXEMAS, the set of four holiday tales…well, the SFC encounter some awfully strange things. To tell would be to give it away, but suffice it to say, you will laugh and feel that special warmth that makes the season bright.
I love sharing YouTube clips of holiday songs. Do you have one you’d like to share?
I ‘ve always liked Sleigh Ride because it is so cheerful.
About the Author
Haley Walsh tried acting, but decided the actor’s life was not for her. Instead, she became a successful graphic designer in Los Angeles, her hometown. After fifteen years of burning money in the ’80s and early ’90s, she retired from the graphics industry and turned her interests toward writing. She became a freelance newspaper reporter, wrote articles for quirky magazines, published award-winning short stories, and now writes an acclaimed LGBT mystery series, the Skyler Foxe Mysteries. She’s lived all her life in southern California, sampling wines and chomping chocolate. Yeah, it’s a living.