In this new holiday classic, Tim Slover crafts a marvelous, magical novel about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, you’ll believe all over again in the magic of the season.
Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story.
It all starts in 1343, when the child Klaus is orphaned and adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with an infectious laugh and an unparalleled gift for making toys. His talent and generosity uniquely equip him to bestow hundreds of gifts on children at Christmas—and to court the delightful Anna, who enters his life on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher and becomes his beloved wife.
Still, all is not snowfall and presents. Klaus will be shadowed by the envious Rolf Eckhof, who will stop at nothing to subvert him. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies.
By turns enchanting, hair-raising, and inspirational, The Christmas Chronicles is a beguiling tale destined to become a holiday favorite for the ages.
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Q: Give us an example of a typical writing day.
Because I’m a university teacher, I can’t write every day. So the days when I can write I really look forward to. Those days are usually Friday-Sunday, with an occasional Wednesday or Monday thrown in for a treat. I like to walk to the gym first thing in the morning (I’m not an early riser when I don’t have to be, so that’s usually around 9:30). Writing gets going around 1 pm. I write in “the cave” mostly—a basement room in our house. I can control my environment in the cave—lighting, music, etc., so that helps. I tend to play computer solitaire for awhile before I get down to anything serious. That’s a very important part of my process because it sort of greases the skids of my mind and turns it into a place where ideas can come and writing problems can be solved. I write for about six hours, and sometimes the best stuff happens after midnight.
Q: Do you write on a computer or with pen/pencil and paper?
I’ve become shockingly dependent on my computer. I write everything on it (them, actually: I use a desk top and a laptop). I’ve done that so long now that my handwriting has completely deteriorated. Basically I use a pen to sign my name, and that’s about it.
Q: Do you work from an outline?
Yes, and I feel pretty strongly about this. How can I concentrate on dialogue and action, if I’m trying to figure out the plot at the same time? I can’t. I write a detailed, scene-by-scene outline.
Q: Time Frame: From start to finish
The Christmas Chronicles started life as answers to questions my two sons asked me about Santa Claus. The resason I knew the answers is explained in the book, so I won’t give that away. Three years ago, I was invited to write the accounts I told the boys into a six-episode radio drama. A friend gave those scripts to a wonderful editor at Random House (well, I guess I would think anyone who was interested in my writing was wonderful, but this woman really is), who invited me to write them into chapters of a book. Writing the radio drama took 5 months; converting it into a book took another 5. Fast, I ain’t!
Q: Writer’s Block – If you have ever experienced it – how did you resolve it?
When I feel stuck I play more computer solitaire until the beta brain waves are flowing freely. Then I read back a few pages, up to the place where I can’t seem to figure out what to write next. That often resolves the problem because it creates a sort of “running start” that makes the mind come back to life. I think Hemingway said it’s a good idea to end a session at a place where you know exactly what you’re going to write next. That really works! When you start the next session you know how to begin.
Q: How did you feel holding your book in your hands for the first time?
Grateful. Does that sound cliché? It’s amazing how many people who aren’t you it takes to turn a manuscript into a published book. For Christmas Chronicles, I’m particularly grateful to the book’s editor and the person who designed the cover.
About Tim Slover
Tim Slover is a writer and professor of theater at the University of Utah. His plays have been produced off-Broadway and in theaters throughout the United States and in London, where he spends part of each year. His wife, usefully, is a marriage and family therapist, and their two sons were the original audience for The Christmas Chronicles. For the purposes of yuletide decorating, each Christmas, Slover continues to cut a few pine boughs at an undisclosed location.
You can learn more about Tim and The Christmas Chronicles by visiting the publisher’s website at http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780553808100