Claus played a key role in author Carol Adler’s childhood, which wouldn’t be
particularly remarkable except that she grew up in a household that held mixed
feelings about all the icons and rituals connected to Christmas and Christians.
Both at elementary and religious school in a neighborhood that was openly restricted to Jews, Adler, who was half-Jewish and half-Christian, found herself locked out of both worlds.
She discovered that Jews could be just as exclusive as Hitler and the Nazis.
In Santa Claus Is Dead & Other Stories, Adler brings together a collection of short stories previously published in literary and general interest magazines.
“We are the echoes/the refugees of echoes,” are the first lines in one of her best-known poems.(FN) Adler describes how, upon rereading these previously stories after many years, she became the refugee of her own “echoes.”
“I found myself feeling the discomfort of a foreigner or refugee.
Each of these stories begged to be transported out of the micro-cosmos of memorabilia into the macro-cosmos of a greater Reality where Creator and Created are One and every description, every nuance becomes a ‘holographic echo of itself’; together forming a self-fulfilling prophesy.
“I set to work rewriting each story and compiling them into a collection that bears the name of one of the most traumatic events in my life.”
Enjoy an excerpt of The Death of Santa Claus
Carol Adler, MFA’s first ghost-written book listing her name as co-editor, Why Am I Still Addicted? A Holistic Approach to Recovery, was endorsed by Deepak Chopra, M.D., and published by McGraw-Hill.
Other publications include three novels, four books of poetry, and well over 200 poems in literary journals. She has ghostwritten over 40 non-fiction and fiction works for a number of professionals in the education, health care and human potential industries.
Carol is President of Dandelion Books, LLC, www.dandelion-books.com
of Mesa, Arizona; a full service publishing company. She is also President and CEO of Dandelion Enterprises, Inc., www.write-to-publish-for-profit.com.
Her business experience includes co-ownership of a Palm Beach, FL public relations company and executive management positions in two U.S. rejuvenation and mind/body wellness corporations, for which she founded publishing divisions.
Carol has served as editor of several poetry and literary magazines. Her career experience includes extensive teaching of college-level creative and business writing, and conducting of writing workshops in prisons, libraries, elementary, junior and high schools, and senior citizen centers.
She is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and Source Integration Therapist and for 12 years was an officer of the Arizona Society for Professional Hypnosis.