In this Urban Fantasy Land exclusive, we’re bringing you the holiday traditions of some of your favourite urban fantasy authors! Today’s guest: Vicki Pettersson, author of the Signs of the Zodiac series.
What winter holiday do you celebrate?
I’m a relatively traditional Anglo, so you’ll find me celebrating Christmas — with the added twist of Swedish Christmas that includes all their food and drink and customs. (I’m particularly fond of their spiced wine, glögg.)
What are your favourite winter holiday traditions?
I love trimming the tree and baking and the food on Christmas day. Vegas has what’s called a “Magical Forest” that goes up every year, and it’s filled with lights, a train ride for the kids, and it rivals the Strip in its saturation of light and color at night. I enjoy going there with family and friends.
What are you looking forward to most?
Watching the little people in my life anticipate and open each gift. I remember that excitement and want it for them — though I did recently turn to my husband and ask him when all these kidlets managed to infiltrate our lives. They were shockingly stealth about it.
What’s your favourite gift to give?
It sounds so generic, but it’s the same gift I like to receive — gift cards to the bookstore. I love walking into a bookstore and knowing that anything in there can be mine. It’s a delicious feeling.
What’s your favourite gift to receive?
See the above. I’m obnoxious in that I give what I’d want for myself.
What’s your favourite holiday food/candy/treat?
It’s the Swedish food — meatballs, gingersnaps, glögg, and — as always — red wine.
Holiday message for readers of UFL:
Yes, I do have a particular message, as a matter of fact:
For all those lovers of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, let me reiterate:
Bones is mine. Back off or your holidays won’t be so happy. I called dibs, and I have a bitchy superhero to back me up. Grrr. (That’s my growl. Scared?)
Book 4 of the Signs of the Zodiac series, City of Souls, is coming to a shelf near you 30 Jun 2009.