Come Discover the Secret Origin of Santa Claus – An Interview in Comic Book Yeti

“It was the way that Santa inspires generosity that led me to connect his mythology to that of the ancient Muses. From ancient times, the Muses have helped to direct people toward their creative potential. It seemed to me a perfect pairing: Santa as the spirit of generosity and wonder partnered with a Muse, the personification of encouragement and inspiration.”

~Valya Dudycz Lupescu

I really enjoyed being interviewed by Ty Whitton for Comic Book Yeti about Mother Christmas, and I’m delighted to share it with you here:

Here’s a sneak peek, but I hope you’ll follow the link to read the rest!

These are the ornaments I referenced in the interview (and in the previous screenshot).


Mother Christmas in The Slings & Arrows Graphic Novel Guide

Thanks to The Slings & Arrows Graphic Novel guide for publishing a review of Mother Christmas. Here’s a snippet from the review:

The secret origin of Santa Claus is a big topic to be taking on, but that’s what Mother Christmas provides, blending the legend of Saint Nicholas with infinite possibilities.

You can read the rest of on The Slings & Arrows site:

Reviews help other readers to discover the book! 

If you can, please write a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads.

Thank you. ❤️

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. ?