Authors Daniel R. and Kathy L. Gadberry Offer Readers an Alternate Explanation of the Origins of Santa Claus

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‘The Man Who Got Away’ gives timeless legend of Santa new twist.

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Our inspiration is our belief that something lovely and good can grow amid even the darkness of ignorance and doubt

In their charming new tale “The Man Who Got Away: Not Your Typical Christmas Story” (published by iUniverse), authors Daniel R. and Kathy L. Gadberry offer readers a different version of the legend of Santa Claus.

“Many stories and legends have their basis in reality,” the Gadberrys write. “This story is a stellar example of what might have been the origin of one of the world’s greatest legends.”

Nicholas Clauzen, his wife, Mary, and their five children had built a comfortable life for themselves in the medieval kingdom they lived in. After Nicholas is accused of a murder he didn’t commit, and his family is brutally killed in retaliation, he flees to the mountains, using his skills as a woodsman to survive in the wilderness.

It’s not long before Nicholas is using his time to create intricate wooden toys with the help of an imaginary friend he calls Sprite. Lonely and longing for human contact, he finally gathers some of the toys to take into town with the hope of selling them, but no one is able to afford them because of the high taxes imposed on the townspeople. Determined to help somehow and to remind the villagers that there is still some good in the world, he gives the toys to the children before slipping back into the night, an anonymous, bearded benefactor from the cold North.

“Our inspiration is our belief that something lovely and good can grow amid even the darkness of ignorance and doubt,” the authors write.

“The Man Who Got Away”
By Daniel R. and Kathy L. Gadberry
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 58 pages | ISBN 9781475965407
E-Book | 58 pages | ISBN 9781475965421
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Authors
Daniel R. and Kathy L. Gadberry are both lifelong residents of Montana. Raised in small towns within the state, they still reside in one and enjoy excursions into the Crazy Mountain high country, where imaginations are nurtured by the ever-present, natural, rustic beauty and the challenges that primitive mountain living presents. The Gadberrys are also the authors of the novels “The Walking Stick,” “Terra Nirvana” and “When the Cobbler Goes to Town.”

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