Today, I have a special guest: Author, Dennis Higgins. This guy has some serious talent as a writer. I've enjoyed reading all of his books! His newest, Christmas Returns to Pottersville,
is a lovely story that's perfect for the Christmas season.
Hi, Dennis! Welcome to
Thanks so much for having
Returns to Pottersville is a
clever combination of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful
Life. Tell us about how the inspiration to create such a story came
always loved both stories you mentioned. I heard a movie critic talking about
It’s a Wonderful Life saying he wished someone would write a story of
redemption where Potter saw his life, had he never been born. So, I wrote it. I
suppose, I should tell that critic about it.
You should definitely contact the critic. I'm sure he'd be very interested in this story!
What was a challenge you
faced in writing this story? How did you overcome it?
challenge was that I was already doing research for my next book on internet
scammers while trying to finish this one. I missed last Christmas deadline and
didn’t get it finished until this year. But, perhaps this was the right time
for the book’s release.
I think it's out right in time for Christmas, so it's perfect timing!
What do you want your
readers to get out of reading your book?
the reader has a sense of optimism that while this world seems to have gone
wrong and become a bit like Pottersville, there is hope and love conquers all.
That's a beautiful message!
Tell us about yourself
and how you became a writer.
always enjoyed putting stories down on paper. It was the best thing I did in
school. I have no formal literature education, I just have a vivid imagination.
I wrote my first book in 2009-2010. That was my time travel along Route 66
book. I am a person who believes strongly in God and very little in politics. I
love music, art, and animals.
I think a lot of us writers can relate to the "no formal literature education" and a "vivid imagination"!
Do you have any advice
really because we writers are all different.
That's true. I'd say if writing is something you enjoy, stick with it.
What are you working on
WIP is different from all my other works. I have actually infiltrated the seedy
side of the internet and allowed myself to be a would-be victim of several
scammers. I did this to learn their techniques and what makes them tick. To
learn what makes them the type of people who could cheat others out of money.
It has been an eye opener. I call it: Confessions
of an Internet Scammer.
Sounds intriguing! This might help others not get scammed.
What is your favorite
would say it is the collective memory of all my childhood Christmases. The
anticipation and love of my family. Gathering around our silver 1960s Christmas
tree and taking our time opening presents on Christmas eve, always after we had
dinner. My mom believed in making the magic last. All of my immediate family
have passed away accept for my brother and me.
I never had a silver Christmas tree, but I sure enjoyed all the Christmas festivities as you have.
Do you enjoy watching
Christmas movies? If so, do you have a favorite?
yes, and yes. So hard to pick a favorite, although It’s a Wonderful Life is way up there. So is A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street,
and one very few have every heard of. It’s called 10th Avenue Angel with Margaret O’Brien and a very young
and pretty Angela Lansbury. I hate to admit this as they may take away my guy
card, but I even like cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies.
It's okay. We'll forgive you for that. :) I always liked the animated movies. Rudolph, Frosty, and Heat Miser Cold Miser.
Did your family make
Christmas cookies? Would you share the recipe of your favorite
was the cookie queen even until her last Christmas on earth. But my favorite of
hers were the basic ones she made when we were kids. Tollhouse, Butter cookies
(spritz), crescent cookies. Those recipes are fairly basic and obtainable.
Since my favorite is chocolate chip, the Nestle morsel bag has that recipe. It
was her technique and cookie presses that made her cookies perfect.
Can't go wrong with Tollhouse! Maybe I'll go make some now. :)
10 Where can people find Christmas
Returns to Pottersville?
is the exclusive site for this title. Here is the link.
Thanks again for having me on your wonderful blog,
Sherry. You are a woman I admire greatly.
Aww, thank you so much, Dennis. It's my pleasure to have you here!
Frank Capra’s, It’s a
was the ultimate parallel universe story. George Bailey was
shown by an angel a world in which he had never been born. A world where the
cute little town of Bedford Falls no longer existed and in its place was the
seedy town of Pottersville.
But imagine if Pottersville still existed in the current
another path of existence.
Welcome to Pottersville, a town owned and operated by Peter F. Potter. A
sleazy, corrupt town where Christmas was discouraged and people were miserable.
What if Potter was taken to this town, in a world in which he had never been
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If you have been looking for a new
Christmas classic this year, Christmas Returns to Pottersville by Dennis
Higgins is the one to get. The main character Mr. Potter has a demeanor of
Scrooge out to ruin the Christmas spirit of a town that he practically owns.
Tremendous imagination has gone into the making of this story by this creative
wordsmith. Excellent Christmas read!
This was such a great Holiday
story. It is a twist on the old classics," Its a wonderful life" and
"A Christmas Carol" combined. While I enjoy watching the movies, I
must admit that I like this version as well! Peter Potter is the descendant of
the original Mr. Potter who "owned" Pottersville and destroys it with
greed, corruption, and illicit behavior. I really liked how the author
mentioned the movie characters in the story because it makes the story more
familiar to the reader. Even with all the meanness that Peter Potter bestows on
everyone, there are moments that will make you cry with good emotions. The
characters are strong in their beliefs despite coldness and despair that the
town is living in. This is a very fast read and one that will fill your heart
with joy....and faith ! A definite must read !!!
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this is the best story that has
been put out there right now, Dennis Higgins has really out done his self with
this story it is such a down to earth message for everyone not just at this
time but for all the time.
Please read slow an take in what messages are being told to you as your read
then go on Facebook or were ever you can send him a message telling him what a
great book with such heart meaning words for all to take into their heart and
mind I felt like I was right there in that town. thank you for writing this
story Dennis Higgins I am going to tell others about but I am not going to say
it here I want to give anything away for other readers to feel the words as
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Peter Potter is the Scrooge who
owns Pottersville. Corruption and discontent run rampant in this miserable
little town. After attempting to take his life, Mr. Potter is shown what the
place would've been like had he not been born to wreck it. It's a real
eye-opener that inspires Mr. Potter to change his ways and create a wonderful
Full of imagination, Christmas Returns to Pottersville is a clever combination
of the familiar stories of Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) and It's a Wonderful
Life. It is a well-written, quick read that offers hope that kindness and love
can make the world a better place. A lovely Christmas story recommended for all
Award winning author, Dennis Higgins is a distant relative
of Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier. He has traveled the world over,
collecting story ideas. As a native of Chicago, Illinois, Dennis Higgins has a
passion for things that are gone but not forgotten, a romance with the past.
For him, time travel is the answer. If not for real, then in the pages of his
Quote: “I once had a passionate affair with an Irish lass
back in 1871 Chicago. I broke her heart. It just wasn't our time.”
He now lives in the Chicago suburbs with his lovely wife, a
dog and a birds.
Among his influences are: Richard Matheson, Jack Finny, Dean
Koontz, Joan Wester Anderson, Peter S. Beagle and Audrey Neffenegger.
Author of Pennies From Across the Veil
Time Pilgrim series: Katya and Cyrus, Almost Yesterday and
Tomorrow's Borrowed Trouble
from Whiskey Creek Press. Also five indie
books, Parallel Roads (Lost on Route 66), Steampunk Alice, The Old
Writer’s Apprentice, and Christmas Returns to Pottersville.
Before I go, I'd like to let you know that my book tour is continuing. I'm a guest on Literary Rambles
blog. Please stop by and learn how Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China
came to be.