“Santa’s Helper”

I’m writing a story that has the working title of “Santa’s Helper.” It is an action/adventure/mystery/crime fiction. The genesis for the story came when I read an interview about a man who was retiring from being a shopping mall Santa for many years. He loved the job but was saddened by some of the heart-felt requests he heard from children as they pleaded for things for others, or to bring back a loved one, or to help the family find a place to live so they could move out of their car. My story is about a young man who is forced by recent family tragedies to quit school and to answer an ad to become a Santa’s Helper. He quickly comes to realize that all is not as it seems. Soon he’s fighting for his life…

I hope to complete the first draft within a week and release it as my first electronic novelette (defined as a single story that is 7,500 to 17,500 words) /e-novellete before Christmas.

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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4 Responses to “Santa’s Helper”

  1. ksbeth says:

    this sounds like a great story idea and i’m looking forward to it, russ –

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