- Silver, 2nd Place, Published Mainstream/Literary Fiction, 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards, mainstream fiction.
- "SR Staley's action and adventure thriller, St. Nic, Inc. is quirky, fun and very clever.... I've never read anything like this book. You know where it's going based on the modern mythology, but Staley takes you there via a marvelous and exciting thriller that has some pretty unpredictable turns."--Jack Magnus, readersfavorite.com
- "St. Nic, Inc. is a fast paced thriller that explores government overreach, technology's role in society, and what it means to "do good." Consider picking it up here to amuse yourself during those lazy days at the end of the year. You'll find it an apt diversion."--Jim Booth, Scholarsandrogues.com
- "St. Nic, Inc., by SR Staley is a magical, innovative, andfresh continuation of the beloved Santa Claus myth. St. Nic, Inc. artfully combines the action of a Tom Clancynovel with the insightful social commentary and multiple levels of experienceof George Orwell's Animal Farm." --Mark McNees (D.Min), author of Immersion: Live the Life GodEnvisioned for You and The Six Symbols of the Gospel.
- "The story is adventurous, taking readers through intrigues, follies, delusions, thrills and imagination. It is a gripping story involving a lot of action and the characters and the plot are original, pulling readers into the story."--Mamta Madhavan, readersfavorite.com
From the Author
St. Nic, Inc. is a story of sacrifice, discovery, courage, redemption, and resurrection. Not exactly what you would expect in a fable about Santa Claus, and that's because it's not. This story turns the myth on the its head, and asks: How would the North Pole actually
work if Santa Claus was a real world Nicolas Klaas and this was a family business. What lies in store for the "real" Santa Claus is adventure, daring, fear, and even a little self-loathing at times. In other words, Santa Claus is human, just like the rest of us, but responsible for a global enterprise that sometimes might fall short of its noble mission.
Readers have asked me where this "comic thriller" of a story started. It began simply enough, with the question parents dread coming from their children: Do you believe in Santa Claus? As parents, we worry over how our children will react to the "truth" about Santa Claus. The overwhelming majority of our kids, of course, do fine. They may feel a period of betrayal and a sense of injustice, but they get over it.
I think, however, many people underestimate how difficult this conversation is for parents and adults. We perpetuate the myth because we believe in its spirit and the core value of giving as an unconditional act of generosity. In this way the values are very secular. We are afraid that if our children realize that the myth is not real, the value of the principle is somehow degraded.
I believe strongly in the importance of unconditional giving and charity. I think its a critical element of any sustainable society or community. As a novelist and storyteller, I wanted to reinvigorate this idea for adults. That's why St. Nic, Inc. is not a children's book. It's a story with characters that gives us the space as adults and parents to believe if we choose to believe.