I’m welcoming Laura Strickland to my blog today with her historical romance, MRS. CLAUS AND THE VIKING SHIP. Personally, I love everything Christmas and especially stories about anything to do with Santa Claus. This sounds wonderful!
The Legend of Santa Claus (as shared by Laura Strickland)
What kind of crazy writer takes on a legend? Some things are sacred, right? Elvis. King Arthur. The Easter Bunny. Santa.
In my time as a writer, I’ve boldly (and some insist insanely) gone where no writer should go and tackled not one but two legends. The first was Robin Hood, whose history I extended in my “The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy” consisting of “Daughter of Sherwood”, “Champion of Sherwood” and “Lord of Sherwood”. I cry innocence here though because these stories tell of Robin and Marian’s descendants and for the most part leave the legend alone.
But, Santa Claus?
“Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship” started out as a short story which I wrote to compete in one of the many contests posted by Fanstory, the writing community of which I was a member at that time. The writing prompt said “Christmas story” and the idea just popped into my head: what if I related the tale as might an aged family member sitting by the fireside on Christmas Eve, passing time for the anxious children by telling stories? What if this story revealed the real truth about Santa Claus—that he came from the far north as a Viking marauder who raided the northern coast of Scotland, willing to take a beautiful young woman for his prize? What if, for love of her, he learned that the one true gift in life is love?
My story didn’t win the contest. But it left the seed of an idea in my brain. I decided to expand the story and turn it into a holiday novella. What emerged is a tale of faith and hope and courage, of a fair-haired Viking called Claus and yes, the transformative power of love. My editor loved it. I hope you will too! Have a blessedly happy holiday and a wondrously healthy New Year!
BLURB – Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship
Scottish chief’s daughter, Tinnie MacAieth, can think of only one way to ransom her clan’s folk, defeated by the fierce Viking, Claus – agree to his demand that she become his bride. She hopes her faith and love for her people will allow her to endure a lonely, loveless future in the cold north.
Claus has claimed Tinnie for his wife, but the prize he truly wants is her heart. Determined to win it, he offers her many gifts, but not until he undertakes a dangerous winter voyage for her sake does he dare hope she sees what’s in his heart. And on one magical Christmas Eve, while delivering toys to her clan’s children by sleigh, he begins to believe she may grant him the one gift he desires …
AUTHOR BIO – Laura Strickland
Born and raised in Western New York, Laura Strickland has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. Embracing her mother’s heritage, she pursued a lifelong interest in Celtic lore, legend and music, all reflected in her writing. She has made pilgrimages to both Newfoundland and Scotland in the company of her daughter, but is usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario, with her husband and her “fur” child, a rescue dog. She practices gratitude every day.