Share the Magic of Mother Christmas

Thank you to everyone for your support and enthusiasm about Mother Christmas!

The cover image for Mother Christmas features a woman wearing a warm blue cloak, lined with fur at the collar. We see her only from behind. She is carrying a sack of presents filled with old fashioned toys over her right shoulder, In her left hand, she is holding a frame drum decorated with an image of the sun. She is standing in a snow filled forest, and she has glowing horns and long flowing black hair. A few people have reached out to ask how they can help spread the word about the book. Thank you so much for those offers. I really appreciate them. One of the reasons that my first book The Silence of Trees became an Amazon bestseller when it was first published was because people talked about it.

Here are a few ways you can help to share the Mother Christmas magic:

  • Share a review on  Amazon or Goodreads. Even just a sentence is a great help in making it easier for readers to discover the book. (You should be able to log in to Goodreads using your Amazon account.) 
  • Request that your local library order Mother Christmas for its collection.
  • Post a link or pictures on social media! Personal recommendations and word-of-mouth are the best publicity !
  • Share the Who’s Your Muse quiz. Hopefully it will get people curious about the graphic novel.
Image of a young woman in flowing dress and headscarf sitting on the steps of a temple reading.
(Thanks for this helpful list to my talented friend Stephanie Feldman, whose second novel, Saturnalia, was just released last month — and with whom I’ll be doing an online Winter Ghost Story event next month!)
I hope to have information about signings and events this week, so you can come and get your copy of Mother Christmas signed or pick up a copy.
If you have other suggestions about how to increase visibility for Mother Christmas, or if you have a bookstore or comic shop that would like to plan an event, you can contact me here.

If you’re new to Mother Christmas and want to learn more, you can read my blog post, “Why Mother Christmas?

Thank you and blessings of the Muses to you. 💜

Mother Christmas Book Release Is Today!

Today is my graphic novel, Mother Christmas‘s Book Birthday!

That means if you have already pre-ordered it, you should have it in your mailbox!

Thank you so much to my brilliant artist, Vic Terra, who brought all these characters and words to life! And thank you to Bill Campbell of Rosarium Publishing for bringing the dream that is Mother Christmas into the world.

I’m going to have more information about signings and fun events over the next few weeks, but today I wanted to share some of the advance praise we received for Mother Christmas. These four women are such an inspiration, and their words honor us.

‘The new mythos Valya Lupescu and Vic Terra have created in Mother Christmas is as rich as it is colorful! I was lost in the gorgeous art and story and I was sorely disappointed when I found out I only had the first arc to read! I can’t wait to find out what happens next!’  —Jill Thompson, Eisner award winning artist and creator of The Scary Godmother

“Colorful and attractive design and drawing, good character work, interesting take on myths and legends. Very entertaining!” —Colleen Doran, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of  Sandman, Wonder Woman, Neil Gaiman’s Chivalry, Snow Glass Apples

“A wondrous story about friendship and the magic we all hold deep inside.”  —Cynthia von Buhler, author/illustrator of The Illuminati Ball

“A colourful, imaginative, and heartfelt beginning, empathetically wordspun by Lupescu and vividly illustrated by Terra.”  —Brooke Bolander, Nebula & Locus Award-winning author

You can order Mother Christmas from your local independent bookstore or comic shop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, or wherever you buy your books.

(You can also also request that your library order Mother Christmas for its collection as well! Yay, librarians!)

Stay tuned for more this week, and please review the book on Amazon or Goodreads, and share on social media! #motherchristmas

Thank you & may you be blessed by the Muses!

Who’s Your Muse?

Where does inspiration come from?

We are surrounded by wonders of the human imagination: breathtaking architecture, musical masterpieces, unforgettable plays and poems, world-changing inventions. Human beings are capable of profound innovation—but what is the source of these ideas?

It’s a big question that has been considered by philosophers and theologians, artists and scientists. Answers have been offered in the form of myths and scripture, theories and studies.

One ancient answer to where the ideas come from is: the Muses. The Muses bestow their gifts on humanity, each one dedicated to a specific aspect of the imagination.

A photograph of nine women in the clothing of ancient Rome, each holding a different tool or instrument. They are representations of the nine muses.
Mosaic of the nine Muses found in the ancient Roman city of Augusta Treverorum (modern-day Trier), ca. 250 CE

The story of Mother Christmas is my answer to where does inspiration come from—and what does that magic have to do with Christmas?

The Santa Claus legend is one in a long line of stories about travelers bringing gifts in dark of winter. Around the world, many of the stories told in the cold, dark of winter have to do with finding hope in the promise of spring, and finding inspiration in the mysteries and dreams of the long nights.

What happens when you bring together a young, passionate Muse and a generous, spiritual seeker, united by a desire to inspire humanity and protect them against a growing threat of creatures that feed off fear?

An image of a young woman holding the hands of a young man in a Byzantine church. He will eventually become Saint Nicholas and she will become Mother Christmas.
A panel from Mother Christmas, Volume 1: The Muse.

Why, you get the story of Mother Christmas!

In Volume 1 of the Mother Christmas trilogy, you are introduced to the Muses and their home, the Realm of the Mousai. From ancient times, the Muses have helped to direct people toward their creative potential, each House with its own special focus: watching over them, whispering encouragement, sending dreams and cultivating their fruitful imagination.

I’d like to introduce you now to the Houses of the Mousai as they appear in Mother Christmas:

House of Terpsikhore: Muse of the Body Arts
House of Thaleia: Muse of Comedy and Theater
House of Kalliope: Muse of the Arts
House of Ourania: Muse of the Sciences and Technology
House of Melpomene: Muse of Memorials and Tragedy
House of Kleio: Muse of Leadership and Honor
House of Erato: Muse of Passion and Compassion
House of Euterpe: Muse of Music and Mathematics
House of Polyhymnia: Muse of Spirituality

And then there are those without a house: The Silent Ones, who follow Dea Tacita.

Would you like to know who your Muse is?

Take the quiz below and learn which Muse inspires you.