SANTA CLAUS INTERVIEW & BOOK GIVEAWAY
How long have youknown Joseph Moore??
I have known Joe allof his life. He often trips and falls, but what I admire about him is he alwaysgets up, dusts himself off and moves on. He is quite a character, but I lovehim, and he is an excellent writer.
Do you think he’s aSanta wannabe or is he your successor??
He always teases mesaying the name Joe is an acronym for Jolly Old Elf, and so therefore he shouldbe Santa Claus. I guess the best way to describe his role is he is like a warcorrespondent, he wears the uniform, but doesn’t carry a gun. He just reportson the events I tell him about. After watching me for some time now, I do notthink he envies me as he might have once.
Why do you tocontinue making toys for all the kids around the world when a large majorityshows no appreciation for it??
Well that is kind of acynical question, and I hope you don’t really feel that way or think I do. Thepurpose of me giving gifts may not be as clear as it once was. It is not sokids will have another video game or iPod. It is so they realize that giftsmake others feel good, and giving them makes you feel good. If people wouldonly learn once more that giving your gifts to another is a special kind ofsharing. There would be less violence in the world if we could just return totrying to make your friends and family feel valued again. It isn’t for the sakeof the gift itself, it is a small way to say we care about you, therefore wewant to show you that. It is not about anything more substantial than that. Andmaybe, just maybe, a child will learn to give back sometime and then relearnthe true value and meaning of Christmas.
What do you do onyour downtime??
Well, I have beenworking with Joe on a prequel to Faith, Hope & Reindeer. Seems the firstbook generated other questions about our history in the North Pole, so we arewriting the history about my father, Father Christmas and how we becameentangled with the people of the Pole, as I call it.
I also have startedtwo websites (well actually Mrs. Claus started them, I just write thepostings), one for parents that has nothing really to do with Santa Claus orChristmas. It offers advice and information to parents. That one is http://santaclausunplugged.com. And the second website is geared more foryounger folks with stories and explanations, and soon games and more. That oneis http://santaclausstories.com.Both of these are keeping me kind of busy along with all the other normalgoings on at the Pole.
Who is your favoritereindeer??
Heather, my dear, doyou wish to start a war? Ho, ho, HO! They get very jealous if compared to eachother like that. I love them all from the very old (Donner and Blitzen – thetwins), to the newer ones like Flash, Raindance, and Snowflake. We are verypleased to have four RN’s now, oh sorry, Red Noses, so we can rotate themthrough the years. I love them all, though some do give me more trouble thanothers.
What is your favoritebook genre to read and why?
I read almost everygenre as long as the story is good and the violence and sex are minimal. I mustsay that since I have been at history so long, I really like to read historicalnonfiction and fiction. Many times we can learn where we are going by examiningwhere we have been.
What is your favoriteholiday song??
One thing Joe and Ishare quite well is our love for music. I am quite an audiophile and listen toall types and varieties from early classical to country to hip hop, though thelast is probably my least favorite. As such, there are hundreds of holidaysongs I love to hear all season long. But one of my favorites that always fillsme up and leaves a tear in my eye is Josh Groban’s Believe.
How do you keep yourelves from slacking off during production??
It is makingthem slack off that is the problem, not keeping them from it! Mrs. Claus and Ihave to organize games and events and make them relax a little bit. They arevery industrious and would rather work than do anything else. Mrs. Claus is ourCEO – Chief Elf Organizer, and she is continuously pushing them to rest andtake a break, which they grudgingly do. Of course in January through March weall vacation and treat ourselves for another job well done.
What is your favoriteholiday memory??
Mrs. Claus and I makean exact copy in miniature of the North Pole. Right down to the little PolarTimes newspapers and miniature candy canes. We will spend weeks assembling thiswhich is always one of the high points of the season when it’s unveiled. Wehave done this for many years now and the elves all try to sneak peeks duringconstruction. I often need a little assistance on some sections, so some of mymore specialized elves will get to see a part; well I think you get the idea.Anyway, it always makes for a wonderful holiday memory the building of it withmy best friend and wife, and the unveiling and open house that follow.
If you could timetravel, what time period would you go to and why??
I DO time travel! Iuse the time continuum a great deal, and I could not get my task done withoutit. While I do not necessarily visit other time periods when doing my rounds,it is how I stop, reverse or speed up time to accomplish all that I must. Iwill be explaining that in much greater detail in The North Pole Chronicles, whichis the book Joe and I are working on now. I will tell you time travel is verytricky and dangerous. Wait until you read what happened to Aeon Millennium inthe book and you’ll see what I mean.
And last but notleast, what is your favorite cookie?? And do you prefer white or chocolatemilk???
Ho, ho, HO! I lovealmost every kind of cookie imaginable. But my VERY favorite is the kind thekids and parents bake for me with their own hands! There is a special love thatgoes into them that makes them extra special. It is the love that makes themall delicious so I can’t not eat them all! And I love both types of milk,cocoa, and even coffee. Santa Claus loves variety!
Faith, Hope & Reindeer
It was thought to be afantasy, a nonexistent place and a children’s fable. But for the Grady’s andmany other families reality takes a sudden turn. They find themselves not onlyin place that wasn’t supposed to truly exist, but face to face with the legendand persona of Santa and Mary Claus and all the elves in the North Pole.
And not without reason or purpose. These intrepid souls havedone good all their lives and have always lived an exemplary life. And Santaknows exactly what each of them needs and what would bring true joy to them andall the people they touch.
This book is much more then a novel about Christmas andSanta Claus. It is about families who have battled through life are in need of abooster shot of Faith. It is abouteach of us who struggle, but never dare to give up Hope. And of course it is about the North Pole and the goings on,down to the elves and Reindeer.
Faith, Hope & Reindeer is a touching and surprisingstory that answers many of the mysteries about how Nicholas XI (descendant ofthe original St. Nicholas of Myra) performs many of the magical feats he iscredited. From how Santa determines who is naughty and nice, to how reindeerfly and many more secrets are revealed in this delightful tale of wonder andmagic.
This heartwarming story will have you believing in the truespirit of Christmas, and Santa Claus, once more. Return again to a time whenyou knew it was all true and you believed.
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