Chris A. Shoemaker is a national award-winning columnist and first-time children's author.

The Great Mrs. Claus draws upon his decades-long tradition of playing Santa Claus with his family before audiences throughout the United States and abroad.

"Do I believe in Santa Claus? I most certainly do! My ruddy cheeks and aversion to hot weather are sure give-aways!" he chuckles. When not performing, a passion for collecting unusual art glass ornaments from faraway places keeps him in the Christmas spirit.

With more grandchildren on the way, Chris lives with his wife, Suzanne, in Southern California.