I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt

About the book:

I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt

Genre: Young Adult Christmas Romance

Publishing Date: October 26, 2021

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Synopsis:

Ballet and babysitting bring two teens together in this very merry holiday rom-com from the author of the acclaimed Bookish Boyfriends series

Noelle Partridge is known for three things: being the best ballet dancer, babysitter, and person with the most Christmas spirit in her small town. But lately she’s bored by the lessons at her dance school, and her friends and father are more bah humbug than Hallmark movie marathon. So when her favorite babysitting clients ask her to accompany them on a ski trip over winter break, she packs her bags for the slopes. It helps that they’re offering double her rate—she’ll need the money for Beacon, an elite ballet academy that’s granted her an audition. 

Noelle is ready to “Deck the Halls” and have fa la la la fun, until Wyatt, the older half-brother of her babysitting charges, decides to surprise his family for the holiday. He’s one of the best dancers at Beacon, and makes Noelle’s head spin faster than pirouettes. Unfortunately, she also manages to step on his toes—spoiling his surprise and complicating his secret plans. After a few missteps, Noelle and Wyatt begin to thaw toward each other and bond over the big decisions looming in each of their lives. With enough Christmas magic, Noelle might just start the New Year with lots of babysitting cash in her pocket and a chance with the pas de deux partner of her dreams.


About the Author:

Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family book 1).

She’s found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles.

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I was lucky enough to get to ask Tiffany some questions about her book as part of the tour, here’s our Q&A:

What was your writing process like for this book? Was it the same or any different from your previous novels?

I started writing this book the day our world stopped—mid-March 2020. My children had just gotten out of school for spring break.  Little did we know, they wouldn’t be back in a classroom until September 2021. Understandably, having two nine-year-olds and a three-year-old at home all day dramatically changed how I wrote this book. WYATT CHRISTMAS was written in hours carved out after bedtime and in obscenely early mornings. If I set an alarm for three a.m. (just typing those words gives me cringing flashbacks!) I could get in a solid two hours before everyone else was awake. The world was its scariest and most uncertain back then—but despite the sleep deprivation, WYATT CHRISTMAS was my reprieve. I could make a mug of cocoa, turn on my Nutcracker playlist and things seemed calm and peaceful. Writing about Noelle’s antics on the ski slopes or ballet studio was a delightful, cozy escape –one I needed then, and one that I hope translates to a warm-fuzzy holiday experience for my readers.

What authors and books inspire you? Are you a reader as you write, or do you solely focus on your own stories? 

There are so many authors whose talent inspires me. I’m always a reader, with way too many books on my bedside table. Some day that pile is going to topple over on my head while I’m sleeping and I will absolutely deserve it, since there’s a bookshelf right there. I tend to juggle physical books, ebooks, and audio—so I’m usually immersed in several literary worlds at once. Some of my favorites authors are: Jessica Spotswood, Courtney Summers, Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Morrill, Jen Calonita, Beverly Cleary, Jessica Townsend, Dahlia Adler, Stephanie Kate Strohm, Christina Lauren, Misa Sugiura, and Kerry Winfrey.

I was so excited to see ballet featured in this one, did you do ballet yourself? 

I did ballet for a few years as a young child, but I was terrible. I mean, truly, truly awful. I’m a person who still needs to make an L with my fingers to determine my left from right and I can’t even clap to a beat—these are not traits that make a good ballerina. Despite being awful, I loved it. I still do—but now my relationship to ballet is as an appreciative spectator. It was really fun to revisit dance as an author and luckily our babysitter was once an attendee at a prestigious residential ballet school. She was incredibly patient with my interviews and the lists of questions I’d send her. Then, as I got deeper into drafting, she was always available for new/follow-up questions via text or phone call (or in some cases, when I needed a move demonstrated, a quick video). I had her read the finished book for one last authenticity check—but any ballet mistakes are all mine, not hers!

Tell us, did you listen to a holiday playlist to get into the mood for this book? What’s your FAVORITE holiday song?

I played SO much holiday music while working on this book. Everyone in my house was singing and humming “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bell Rock” the entire time I was drafting—which meant we were unusually festive for it being March through July! It’s a good thing it was during lockdown, because I’m sure there would’ve been some questions about why my twins were belting out “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”—nine months early!

As for favorite Christmas song—do I have to pick?  My Christmas playlists are much more like Noelle’s than Wyatt’s (you’ll have to read the book to get that reference!)

What do you hope your readers will take away from this story? I hope that whether they’re reading the book in December beside a lit-up tree, in July on a sandy beach, or in muddy March—that it brings them some moments of quiet joy and cozy peace. The kind you get when looking at a lit-up Christmas tree or curling your fingers around a warm mug of cocoa. If I could bottle the smell of pine trees and Christmas cookies and include it with every copy, I would. But I hope regardless of then when and where Wyatt Christmas is being read, that the reader loves these characters as much as I do and that it makes them feel more festive


Before you head HERE to check out the rest of the tour, let me know in the comments below, have you started your holiday reads yet?! If so, what have you read and loved?

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