Upstate screenwriting duo release Christmas novel

(WSYR-TV) — Christmas has become a way of life for local screenwriters Keith and Juliet Giglio.

The duo wrote four Lifetime Christmas movies, including one for Reba McEntire. Recently, they turned to writing novels for their latest project.

The novel “Christmas Summer“, is a summer romantic comedy perfect for Christmas, movie and summer lovers. The story follows a screenwriter back in her hometown of Geneva, where she has to shoot a Christmas movie during a hot summer in upstate New York.

The Giglios know that Christmas movies are shot out of season, often in hot, sunny summers like this. After spending years on summer movie sets, the Giglios had a lot of experience to draw from when crafting this new beach read.

The Giglios have spent twenty years in Los Angeles, so they’ve also had their fair share of warm, sunny Christmases.

Fans of this novel can look forward to another Christmas novel coming next year.

Alongside their successful careers as screenwriters, the Giglios are also teachers. Juliet teaches at SUNY Oswego and Keith teaches at Syracuse University. When it comes to teaching, writing screenplays and now writing novels, the Giglios say it’s all about diet and routine.

“Christmas Summer” is on sale now.

The Giglios will be signing copies of the book tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt. Stop by to have your new copy autographed and chat about books and movies with Keith and Juliet.