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Being Santa Claus review plus Q&A with the real deal

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Being Santa Claus  Welcome to December. Please welcome my first guest of the month.

You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry. Why?

Because Santa Claus is here!

 

Q&A w/Sal Lizard aka Santa Claus
Being Santa Claus

 

Debbie - Sal, I mean Santa, I know you’re terribly busy this time of year so thank you so much for taking time to visit us at The General Fiction forum.
Santa - My pleasure, Debbie.

 

Tell us a little about the book Being Santa Claus.
People frequently ask me what it's like to be Santa. I think that this book gives a glimpse of some of the things and people who happened to me as I matured into a professional Santa. It explains, to many, why I do what I do.

 

Is there a reason that you wrote the book now?
I'd like to say something like, "Because this is the time when such a book is needed" but it was really because I ran into Jonathan Lane and he talked me into "a collaboration" to tell my stories to a wider audience.

 

Can you give us one humorous example out of the book?

In one of the chapters, I tell of a little girl who asked me my name while standing in a checkout line. I asked who she thought I was and she said, "I think you're Santa Claus." I told her that she should be really good and she replied, "I am! I'm not even peeing in my underpants!"

 

Do you only portray the Americanized version of Santa?
Well, I do have a kilt and used to appear to in it for Scottish families that requested it.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town," of course!

 

Will there be another book?
Gosh, I hope so! There are still stories to tell and I would love the opportunity to tell them. I guess it all depends on how this book sells.

 

Do you have any Barnes & Noble events or signings?
As a matter of fact, I do! My appearance list can be found on my website at http://www.facebook.com/l/ZAQGOYJSRAQEZgtb3wLg0g4abTl4pLOpZL8HwIygZcokutQ/BeingSantaClaus.com. I have lots of people asking me to come to their areas for signings but all I can do is ask that they ask their locl bookstore to request me. Hopefully, there will be more as the season progresses.

 

Thank you so much for answering these few questions Sal. As you know I loved the book. I think it should be required reading for treating Grinch like symptoms around the holidays. It’s inspiring, touching, it was very heartfelt.
Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful review! I have been hearing from many how my book is helping them through some difficulty. One reader told me that she was going to give her sister (who is going through a tough divorce) a copy to cheer her up!


Good luck with the book.
Thank you so much for helping me share info about the book, and helping with its success!

 


Merry Christmas.
Same to you! And to all of your readers, too!

 

Santa Sal

 

Please stop by Santa's website here for touching, heartfelt and funny pictures, stories and to find out where Santa will be.

 

My Review of Being Santa Claus

Sal Lizard knows what it means to be Santa Claus, he knows the heartfelt and heartbreaking realities it brings every time he donned the red suit. He spent two decades learning from his mistakes and making miracles. He learned valuable life lessons from the smallest individuals. He laughed and he cried but he never took for granted the responsibility that came with Being Santa Claus.
 
For over 20 years, starting as a fluke and practical joke and ending as a career Sal Lizard takes us through the ups and downs, the laughter and tears and the true magic he found when he put on the red suit and became Santa Claus. He mentions his most poignant moments and his most trying. We’ll get to meet his family, the clients that called upon him year after year and some very creative ways to make all his stops and fulfill all the requests. He takes us through his time as a mall Santa to his special pajama visits on Christmas Eve. He’ll tell us stories about the youngest lap visit to the oldest. The naughty and nice lists that were always checked twice and the ever present candy cane.

If you’re looking for a really great kickoff to get you in the Christmas Spirit this little, easy to read and emotional book should be first on your list. If you’ve lost the spirit or know someone who has just slip this little treasure into the stocking and those spirits will come back.
I only have one thing to say to Sal Lizard aka Santa. I still believe.
 
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Re: Being Santa Claus review plus Q&A with the real deal

enjoy this video

 

 

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Great review!!!! Fred is loving the book, but then he enjoys reading about hisself. :-)

Muse.
A really good book is much like an artichoke. As you peel back each page of the of the book, you get closer and closer to the succulent heart of the story.
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Mountain_Muse wrote:
Great review!!!! Fred is loving the book, but then he enjoys reading about hisself. :-)

Muse.

thanks Muse.

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here's an interview from this morning

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Here's the headline from USA Today Life Section

recognize anyone

That's right it's Santa Sal

 

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We get the USA Today paper at the hotel. Fred saw the article yesterday and was talking about it.
Muse
A really good book is much like an artichoke. As you peel back each page of the of the book, you get closer and closer to the succulent heart of the story.