Born in Evergreen, Alabama, George William Kelly has lived most of his adult life in New York City’s Borough of Manhattan. He is now retired after a career in journalism and public relations. He attended the University of Alabama and the University of Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. His wife, Jain Wright Kelly, is a writer-editor-historian in the field of art photography. Their daughter, Georgette V. Kelly, a playwright and educator, lives in Chicago.
How important is Pumpkin Angel to the celebration of Halloween?
I think Pumpkin Angel is to Halloween what Santa Claus is to Christmas. First of all, Pumpkin Angel loves, loves, loves pumpkin pie. That's how she got her name. Every autumn Pumpkin Angel flies down to Earth to bless the pumpkins and make them grow. On Halloween, she unlocks the Doomsday Door, allowing ghosts, goblins, and ghouls to come out of the underworld and trick-or-treat with real-life boys and girls. Then she makes sure these creatures return to the underworld, with lots of treats, and locks them in again with her skeleton key. At dawn the next day Pumpkin Angel flies back to Heaven in her pumpkin chariot with a sky-high stack of pumpkin pies.
Why are there no pictures in your children's book about Halloween?
I am an author, not an artist, so I am just telling the story in words, not pictures. I expect parents to read my book together with their children. I hope they will imagine the pictures, characters, and scenes from their own ethnic, religious, family, or other background. I think that parents who read my book aloud with their children are like the storytellers of ancient times. They paint the story in a child's mind with words alone.
Santa Claus and Santa Christina (Mrs. Claus) live in a two-Polar home designed by Einstein Elf. Half of their home is at the North Pole. Half is at the South Pole. They travel between the two Poles on a “wormhole” elevator through the center of the Earth. Their two-Polar home lets them live closer to girls and boys in both hemispheres of the Earth.
Santa Claus and Santa Christina (Mrs. Claus) race each other to deliver toys around the globe for girls and boys who believe in Christmas. Santa Claus sleighs with eight reindeer. Santa Christina mushes with seven sled dogs. Their race ends in a tie. This eBook includes a blank Wish List for each Santa, and a carol, “Yes! It Is Christmas,” to the tune of the children's hymn, "Jesus Loves Me."
Children have the chance to meet Santa Christina and her sled dogs in this eBook. For the first time they learn her real name. Before now they only knew her as "Mrs. Claus," the stay-at-home, overlooked wife of Santa Claus. Now kids learn that Santa Christina and her sled dogs will deliver half the toys each Christmas Eve.
Pumpkin Angel is to Halloween what Santa Claus is to Christmas. She got her name because she loves, loves, loves pumpkin pie! Every autumn she flies down to Earth to bless the pumpkins. On Halloween she unlocks the Doomsday Door to let underworld creatures out to trick-or-treat alongside boys and girls. She returns to Heaven in a pumpkin chariot, carrying a sky-high stack of pumpkin pies.