Oliver the Ornament is a heartwarming tale of one family’s cherished Christmas ornaments. The story centers on Oliver, who has been with this family since Mom and Dad’s very first date. Years later, Oliver, now injured and bullied, still has the magic of Christmas in his heart.
The story follows Oliver’s excitement for Christmas, his heartbreak, and his determination to overcome all odds to save the day. Oliver, along with his friends, will warm your heart with his kindness, humility, and love for his family and friends. We hope the story will bring families together to tell the stories of their own ornaments and the special meaning that so many of them possess.
Because after all…. Every Ornament Tells a Story. The 56 page 10 X 10 book is sold with an adorable hand-painted ornament of Oliver himself, packaged in a beautiful gift set.
Guest Post From The Author
Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
Yes, after I completed Oliver the Ornament Meets Belle, which is second book in my seven-book series, I knew something was missing, but I didn’t know what. For weeks, I read and re-read the book knowing something was wrong but unable to pinpoint what the issue was. Finally, I realized there was no villain in the story. We have three villains (bullies) in the first book, but they reform by the end of the story, so I couldn’t have them revert to their old ways. As we all know, every children’s story has a villain, so I had to come up with a new character. And that’s exactly what I did, with the introduction of a new ornament in book two.
The new character, named Nellie turns out to be an ornament who was left behind in the attic decades ago, and is now determined to ruin Christmas for the entire family (don’t worry, though, because Oliver, with the help of his friends will always save the day!). Ironically, the writer’s block ultimately opened the door for this brand-new twist in the story and the introduction of this new character who will take on a major role in all subsequent books in the series. Who knows, Nellie might even get her own book……
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Five years ago, I was decorating a Christmas tree. As I was just about to hang the very last of over 200 ornaments on the tree, my partner walked in saying, “You don’t have to hang every ornament on the tree.” I responded, “What am I going to do with this one? Put him back in the attic where he’ll miss all the fun?” The light went off in my head immediately; a children’s Christmas story about an ornament that gets left behind in the attic. I knew I was onto something but didn’t know what the story was.
For the next four days, my mind was spinning with the possibilities of the story and how this story would resonate with children and adults. Then, on Christmas morning, while at my childhood home in Sheboygan, WI, I woke and the story came to me. I immediately went to the computer and wrote Oliver the Ornament. After breakfast, I surprised my family with the very first reading of Oliver the Ornament.
The story was tweaked and edited during the next several months, but the actual story of Oliver the Ornament took a total of four days from inspiration to having the first manuscript of the story completed.
The author will be raffling off one signed copy during the book tour!
About the Author
Todd is the creator at Oliver the Ornament. A heartwarming 7 book series of one family’s collection of ornaments.
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