The Winter Solstice has arrived and Christmas is only a few days away. Around this time of year, I binge read loads of Holiday books. Some of my favorites are from the series, Willy the Kinky Elf and his Bad-Ass Reindeer by Candi Kay. Last year I interviewed Candi about the series and she mentioned the last book in the series was to be released this year. Well it has, and it’s called, Santa and His Unexpected Mate. Candi is back to talk about the final book and what’s ahead for Willy and the rest of the gang.
Welcome back, Candi!
Thank you so much K.C. Faelan for inviting me to stop by to talk about Santa Claus & His Unexpected Mate, the final book in the Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer series.
Writing Santa and Drew’s story was bittersweet because it’s the finale of a crazy ride that I never planned to go on. The first Willy book was written for a submission call for a (now defunct) publisher who never got back to me. I pulled the story from consideration and self-published it. When I wrote Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer (#1) there was never any plan to make it a series. I honestly didn’t expect five people to read it because my version of the North Pole is a bit different from what you see in fairy tales.
Okay, a lot different, as is my sense of humor.
Santa Claus was never meant to have his own book. He was written as a bad guy and was supposed to stay that way until the very end. That changed while I was writing Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate (#5). A reader (Dre, who Andrea was named after) said he needed his story told. I kind of laughed it off because how in the world would I make him a good guy? And then I was reminded that I managed to do it with Blake Simpson, so why not Santa? The thought stuck and a lot of the book was written before Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Elf (#6) was finished last year. Once the idea took hold, I was all in.
The one thing I couldn’t figure out for a long time was who Santa’s love interest would be. It took me a while to settle on Andrew Lanzer but only because Drew belonged to someone else. Drew was originally written as Andrea’s love interest. I had literally finished Luke’s book and had to go back in and rewrite almost every page mentioning Drew because Santa kept saying, “He’s mine.”
Can’t argue with the big man. 😉
It was worth the extra work because I seriously love Santa and Drew together. Drew is an absolute sweetheart who shows Santa that he’s not the bad man his soon-to-be-ex convinced him he was. He just needed to find his way.
Nothing ever really goes as planned in any of my books. I can be determined to go one way but that goes out the window not long into it. I just let the stories tell themselves. The one thing that didn’t change was Dylan Drake. I won’t type a spoiler for those who don’t know how Dylan is connected to Santa, but I will say that once I figured Dylan out, everything else clicked into place.
Santa Claus & His Unexpected Mate has the classic Willy the elf shenanigans, but it also has a lot of serious moments. Santa’s not used to being included, to being wanted for any reason other than for what he can do for people. Between Dylan and Drew, he’s brought into a whole new world, one he never dreamed he could have. He has friends, family, a mate he’d always been told he couldn’t have, and he’s finally found the courage to eliminate the Mary Claus issue once and for all.
Mrs. Claus is allowed to come back to the North Pole after a two-year absence. The plan is to allow her back just long enough for a divorce to happen and then she’ll be gone again. Mary has always been evil, but nothing she’s done up to now compares to how she is when she comes back to the North Pole and discovers that she no longer has any control. Throw in a few pranks by Willy and she’s in for a pretty miserable experience.
Typing THE END on this book was pretty emotional. I know these guys – the way they look, the sounds of their voices, and their stories. I’ve watched them all come to life over the past six-plus years and they feel like part of my extended family. But I also know when it’s time to say goodbye. I may have typed THE END on the series, but I can’t quite picture Willy disappearing. The elf hasn’t shut up in my head since he popped in back in 2014. He is by far the most fun (and often annoying) character I’ve ever written. Readers either hate Willy or they love Willy. I don’t think there’s much of an in-between. So, while I may have given everyone their happily-ever-after, expect a few short stories in the coming years with updates from Willy and the rest of the North Pole gang.
Thank you again to K.C. Faelan for asking me to stop by to discuss Willy and his friends and to tell a little bit about the final installment of the series. I hope everybody has an amazing holiday season and the best new year. I think I speak for a lot of folks when I say that 2020 can’t end fast enough. Here’s hoping for a great 2021.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Candi Kay
Published: November 1, 2020
Length: Approximately 114,000 words, 332 pages
Genre: Gay Romance, Christmas, Santa Claus, Reindeer Shifters, Elves, Humor, Paranormal
Series: Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer
Available at: Universal link – books2read.com/SantaClausandHisUnexpectedMate
From the World of Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer.
The North Pole isn’t exactly as it appears in fairy tales. It has the elves and Santa and his reindeer, but Santa and Mrs. Claus aren’t the jolly couple the world believes them to be. The reindeer are all shape-shifters who transform into gorgeous beings in human form and are respected by all.
Santa Claus has everything except the one thing he craves most – a mate of his own. Forever told it wasn’t in the cards for him, he goes about his days longing for something he knows he can never have. Maybe Andrew Lanzer isn’t his fated mate, but he knows what he feels for the reindeer goes far beyond simple attraction.
Drew sees how Santa looks at him, but he’s not stupid. Santa’s wife may be gone now, but history has proven she’ll be back. Time and again. He’s hoping one sexual encounter will be enough to get him out of his system. What he doesn’t expect is for it to open the door to so much more.
When Mary Claus demands to be heard, the entire North Pole is thrown into chaos. With the man he loves and his newfound son by his side, Santa must fight harder than he’s ever fought before to rid the North Pole of her conniving presence once and for all. Along the way, he may even discover that what the Fates have always led him to believe might not be true after all. With help from Willy the elf and a few new allies, Santa Claus may finally get the happily-ever-after he’s only ever dreamed of.
Santa Claus & His Unexpected Mate cannot be read as a standalone. The finale of the Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer series, it contains characters and stories from each book that will be confusing to readers who have not read the series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A blogger by day, at night Candi Kay transforms into a writer of various genres, with an emphasis on LGBTQ and erotica. Author of the Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer series, Candi’s books are often filled with humor, lovable, kooky characters, and sweet happily-ever-afters.