About the author & the illustrator

The Author
Christopher Fenoglio has served the Christian publishing industry through positions with The Tennessee Register (Nashville’s diocesan newspaper), CCM Magazine, The CCM Update, and UMC.org, the denominational website for The United Methodist Church.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Fenoglio garnered First Place Awards from the Catholic Press Association for his Reel Life Journeys columns. A writer and editor by trade, he especially enjoys his ministry as a cantor and music minister for St. Henry Church in Nashville. He and his wife Linda have three grown children and one lovely, inquisitive granddaughter.

He still has the original props he used to tell his children about Santa Claus.

The Illustrator
Elena K. Makansi graduated from Oberlin College where she majored in Environmental Studies. She is a writer, artist, and vegan/vegetarian cook. She is part of the K. Makansi trio of writers of THE SEEDS TRILOGY (currently optioned for film by an award-winning independent production company), and is currently working on her first solo novel, LUNA AND THE MIDNIGHT CAFE. She blogs and runs a Facebook page about vegetables and cooking and works part-time for an organization promoting farmers markets and local artisans. She has worked on illustrations for several non-fiction titles and has designed many book covers. THE SECRET OF THE SANTA BOX is her first children’s picture book. Visit her website.