Ashley’s Christmas List

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Q and A with Veda Boyd Jones regarding Ashley’s Christmas List

Q: Did you really get the idea from this from your brother’s dream like you wrote in the author’s note in the book?

A: I sure did. He dreamed the dog was an angel with a cupid complex. I imagined the rest. Not being a pet person myself, it was easy to think the way Ashley did about animals. But she changes her mind after a bit. Don’t hold it against me that I have no pets. I love watching the foxes and the deer that live in the woods behind our house. When our three sons were young, it was all I could do to corral them. I didn’t need anything else to feed and water.

Q: Does Miss Mildred’s House exist? 

A: No. I made that up, but I patterned it after a place that helps families in crisis by keeping their kids for a bit. I made Miss Mildred’s House work outside the government because I didn’t want the interference of the system in these kids’ lives.

Q: What about the setting? Is that real?

A: I went back in time to the first place Jim and I lived, Lost Creek Ranch. It was over a section of land with the creek running through it. We had canoes on it and explored it in every season. My husband’s an architect, and he designed a huge horse arena for a private residence, so I tacked that on to Miss Mildred’s House grounds. Besides I needed a horse for later in the story.