Just who is Kristy Haile? She is a Californian who earned an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Northeastern University in Boston and then went on to work as a hygienist in Massachusetts and California. After making a move Los Angeles, from Turlock, CA, her two children became actors on TV (The Office, Criminal Minds, Desperate Housewives), movies (Chihuahua: The Movie) and in commercials. Ms. Haile began to keep a journal of the funny and unusual things her son, Ty (who at age four came to believe he was Santa Claus), said and did over the next two years, as well as of people’s reactions to his self-identification as the “new real Santa Claus.” Thus began the beginning of Kristy Haile's newest book I Am Santa!
To learn more about Ms. Haile, please visit her website at I Am Santa!
Please tell us a bit about your book: I AM SANTA! — characters, plot, etc.
In I AM SANTA!, a four-year-old boy named Nicholas meets a sick old man in a shopping mall who says he is Santa Claus. After some conversation, the man tells Nicholas that he will be the new real Santa. Nicholas persuades his mother to buy him a Santa suit, which he wears all year long, describing to his family his late-night trips to the North Pole.
Some people react negatively to Nicholas, while others ask him what he will bring them for Christmas; still others tell him and his mom that seeing such a jolly little Santa makes their day. His mother decides to support him and let him wear the suit all year, because she wants him to be free to dream and to believe he can be anything he wants to be.
If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?
If I could meet one character in person from my book I AM SANTA! I would choose to meet Jack, the head elf. I would want to meet Jack because my son has described him so well to me that I have a perfect picture in my mind of what he looks like. Also, Jack is someone whom my son looks up to greatly and seems to really care about the success of my son as the new real Santa Claus.
If you could fictionalize yourself and put yourself in any situation, how would it play out? Could you give us a scene/scenario of such an occurrence?