Kim Redford | How a Pink and Aqua Peacock Christmas Tree Inspired Me to Write
October 6, 2015
When I started to write A COWBOY FIREFIGHTER FOR CHRISTMAS, I definitely needed holiday
inspiration to get me into the right frame of mind. In reality, I was experiencing
Texas, so that meant a hundred degrees in the shade. My thoughts were on cool comfort
shorts and lemonade instead of warm sweaters and hot chocolate. What was I to do?
waterskied on Christmas Day in the past, so Texas can be hot in December. I decided my
North Texas town creation of Wildcat Bluff would be experiencing a heatwave and
drought so I
could write about what I was living at the moment. But I still didn’t have enough
inspiration to get me jumpstarted on my novel.
After a bit of thought, I decided beautiful, colorful visuals would inspire me, but my
holiday decorations were packed away. Besides, I figured something new and unusual
just the ticket to set me on the right path. About the time I was looking for a
Christmas store in town, my cowgirl cousin from the country called to see if I was
to go to market. She needed holiday gifts and decorations for her store. I needed
As soon as she arrived at my home, we set off for the huge—and I do mean big as in
after floor of showroom after showroom—June Total Home and Gift Market in
Market Center. As we made our way from one display to the next, we took advantage of
free food and drinks to keep up our energy, or so we explained away our indulgence.
shopped while I snapped photos of decorations. I exclaimed in delight over small
tree ornaments such as cowboy boots with bright red and green holly to twelve-foot-
Christmas trees with red velvet bows and gold glass balls to a lighted green palm
still nothing quite had what it took to inspire me or maybe I was simply overwhelmed
the choices. In any case, I took photographs while my cousin made several orders.
Market was winding down and folks were streaming toward exit doors, but I still hadn’t
struck by inspiration. I know. How could I not be when the best of the best Christmas
decorations were right before my eyes? But I was holding out for that special
cousin warned me there was time for only one more showroom. I figured I’d take a few
of gorgeous trees and that’d be it for the day. We walked tiredly into that final room
filled to the brim with brightly tinted holiday décor. As she shopped, I trailed
weaving in and out of tightly packed displays, turned a corner, and stopped in
A Christmas tree decorated in neon pink balls, aqua feathers, and lapis flowers led
to a huge, colorful peacock with spread tail plumage placed right on top. Inspiration
struck. I could hardly wait to get home and start creating the small Texas town with
quirky residents who’d love a nontraditional tree like this one.
And so I was finally ready to write A COWBOY FIREFIGHTER FOR CHRISTMAS.
What are some of your quirky finds while out hunting inspiration (or a good deal!).
comment below and be entered for a chance to win a copy of A COWBOY FIREFIGHTER
Kim Redford draws her inspiration from a Texas lifestyle of cowboys, cowgirls,
horses, cattle, rodeos and small towns to create her bestselling novels. When she's
writing steamy romances, she's a rescue cat wrangler and horseback rider.
She divides her time between Texas and Oklahoma. A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas is
in her Smokin' Hot Cowboys series with Blazing Hot Cowboy coming soon.
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Warm up this Christmas with a sexy cowboy firefighter who knows how to ignite
as well as put them out...
He's hotter than a wildfire Trey Duval is a rancher, proud as can be of his Wildcat
He's also the top volunteer firefighter of Wildcat Bluff, Texas, the town that pulls
the stops for its Christmas festivities.
City girl Misty Reynolds comes to Wildcat Bluff just in time to help Trey put out a
suspicious fire, leading him to dub her his "Christmas angel." Unfortunately, Misty's
has left her with terrible memories of fire, and of Christmastime.
As the two are thrown together again and again, Trey finds himself wanting Misty more
more, and Misty feels stronger and braver when Trey is around. Though their trust
slowly, their passion for each other is burning hot...
26 comments posted.
Re: Kim Redford | How a Pink and Aqua Peacock Christmas Tree Inspired Me to Write
Old romantic valentines
(Mary Smith 9:19am October 6, 2015)
I love vintage (old) things that evoke days gone by and with just simple imagination you can create all sorts of possible past stories. It's so inspirational.
(Nancy Reynolds 9:52am October 6, 2015)
I love old love lettes
(Emily Stemp 11:38am October 6, 2015)
I love finding horse statues... once I found this old looking small rocking horse statue... the colors were old fashioned... I loved adding it to my collection.
(Colleen Conklin 12:43pm October 6, 2015)
That tree would say holidays to me like traditional decorations don't.I'd be right at home in that town!
(Michele Thompson 1:06pm October 6, 2015)
What inspires writers always fascinates me. Thank you for
the blog about your inspirations. Very unusual and
(Dean Andersson 2:02pm October 6, 2015)
I love vintage Christmas decorations.
(JoAnn White 4:36pm October 6, 2015)
I love any old and interesting product to find,especially an
old edition of a book.
(Marilyn Collins 5:39pm October 6, 2015)
love finding old love letters
(Emily Stemp 1:48pm October 7, 2015)
Finding a new book by a favorite author.
(Wilma Frana 2:51pm October 7, 2015)
I love old antique things and old houses and barns .Love to walk into an old house or barn and look around at everything and just wonder who lived here and what their life was like .
(Joan Thrasher 3:32pm October 7, 2015)
I love finding first editions!
(Lily Shah 7:30pm October 7, 2015)
Beautiful old picture frames.
(Catherine Maguire 9:36pm October 7, 2015)
Hi Kim! Great cover on your book! I look forward to reading
You've got a good point about how old things inspire us. I
have my great grandmother's writing desk and every time I
touch it I feel all that history in it.
(Kathleen Baldwin 12:46pm October 8, 2015)
When we were down the shore for a family reunion my son and I found a cool memorabilia store on the Boardwalk and got mementos there for my brothers!
(Felicia Ciaudelli 12:40pm October 8, 2015)
I would love to read this book
(Debbie Rice 2:12pm October 8, 2015)
(Emily Stemp 2:26pm October 8, 2015)
I think a letter in a bottle coming ashore is an amazing
inspiration. I feel like I want to know their stories. I
also think going to the airport is very inspirational.
Everyone has a different story. Some romantic, some lonely
and some just downright funny.
(Val Pearson 5:48pm October 8, 2015)
I love vintage jewelry.
(Carol Woodruff 7:06pm October 8, 2015)
old love letters
(Emily Stemp 1:03pm October 9, 2015)
I go to garage sales and look for glass door knobs. I have found some beautiful
ones from the 19th century
(Joy Isley 5:38pm October 9, 2015)
I found a modern twist on a crane statue - it's made out of
spiraled black metal & bobs in the wind.
(Diane Sallans 6:31pm October 9, 2015)
love a man in uniform
(Lynn Anderson 8:55pm October 9, 2015)
I don't know about quirky, but one of the neatest finds
was a porcelain tea cup with dragons on it. The neat
thing is when you hold it up to the light in the bottom
of the cup there is a geisha girl that is made by the
light passing through the different depths of porcelain.
One of my treasures!
(LaCinda Jameson 9:37pm October 9, 2015)
(Anne Pool 4:23pm October 23, 2015)
I found a strange looking lamp from the '60's. I cleaned it up, put on a new shade, and now it's a conversation-piece lamp--as well as functional.
(Anne Pool 4:25pm October 23, 2015)
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