Next week, my newest novella entitled FROM HUMBUG TO HUMBLE, will launch!
I’m very excited to share this book with you. It was a true labor of love, and I think I’ve been in the Christmas Spirit since the summer when I began this undertaking.
The truth is, I’ve loved Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol since I was a little girl. The story of a man being haunted by ghosts in order to warn him about his place among humanity and save him from his selfish ways is one of literature’s most renowned stories.
That love of Ebenezer Scrooge and A Christmas Carol led me to fill in the blanks to determine just HOW Scrooge changed for the better. How, exactly, did he keep his promises that he made to the Spirits and to himself?
If you read the last paragraphs of A Christmas Carol, you’ll notice that Dickens does not go into great detail about this aspect of Scrooge. In one paragraph (the second to the last in the book), Dickens sums it up that, “Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world.”
However, as a family who loves Ebenezer Scrooge, our Christmas dinner conversation led to a hearty discussion of what he might have actually done to become a good person.
And that’s when the idea took hold and the drafting began.
I don’t know if you love this story as much as I do, or if you care as much about Dickens as our family does, but a story of redemption knows no time limits. That’s why the tale has endured for 178 years since Dickens wrote it.
FROM HUMBUG TO HUMBLE takes you back to that time after Scrooge has seen the ghosts, with a new, modern narrator to tell the story of the ways in which Scrooge did, indeed, become “better than his word.”
I hope you will enjoy it.