A Christmas Kiss (Captain’s Point Stories) by Charlotte Kent
A Man for Susan (Captain’s Point Stories) by Charlotte Kent. The second novel in the Captain’s Point Series. A romantic women’s fiction/family saga/chicklit novel written by Annie Acorn & Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent.
Pink Lemonade Diary (Pink Lemonade Memories) by Juliette Hill
The art of letter writing has always held a heartfelt significance in my life. As a child growing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s, I was taught the importance of letter writing as a way to thank, celebrate or inform relatives, friends and colleagues. Details of our lives and theirs could be communicated, felt and treasured. My parents were both prolific letter writers, keeping family and friends up to date on the latest family news.
Waiting for the mail to arrive each day filled me with excitement and anticipation that there might be a letter or note waiting just for me! Each one that I received was like a special gift that reminded me of the last time that I had seen or spoken to the sender. Reading each one felt like a conversation imagining their voice, seeing their face and feeling their love.
In 2007, after the death of my mother, my sister and I once again realized the significance and power of the letter. As we sorted through the contents of my mother’s house, we came across drawers filled with hundreds of cards, notes and letters that both my parents had received over the years, but most importantly, special cards, notes and letters that they had written to each other.
What a fantastic find! These letters provided a living history of many details of each of our lives, my parent’s young adult lives and the friendships that they had made along their particular paths in life. Many friends remained part of their lives and our lives. Letters from relatives provided valuable details about family events, especially as my sister and I both are researching and documenting our family tree.
That love and appreciation of “the letter” instilled in me as a child has carried over to my writing as well. Most of my own stories, and to a certain extent, my collaborative writing as Charlotte Kent with Annie Acorn on the Captain’s Point series, has incorporated at least one letter or diary entry.
My first short story to be published, The Christmas Spirit of Starlight Cove, contains an important letter from sea captain, Red Cornwell, while my tween/teen series’ first novella, Pink Lemonade Diary, and first short story, Two Beaux for Christmas, each contain meaningful and enjoyable diary entries written by main character Vicki Gray to her friends and family. Christmas Shoppe Magic also carries the theme through, with main character Joe MacMillan finding a special letter among some things stored in a box in his apartment closet in Seattle. More recently, my collaborative writing series’ first book, A Clue for Adrianna contains two important letters that will change main character Adrianna Montgomery’s life forever.
My letter writing will continue, my love of letters will continue, and the power of the written word will continue to endure the test of time.
Happy letter writing,
A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories) The first novel in the Captain’s Point series. A romantic women’s fiction/family saga/chicklit novel written by Annie Acorn & Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent.