A new Noblesville author has drawn from his own life experiences to complete his first book.
“The Key to Christmas,” a children’s book, is by Noblesville resident Robert Hedges under the pen name Robert Ross.
Set in the late 1970s, Hedges said the book’s feel is a combination of “The Polar Express” and the movie “A Christmas Story.”
The plot revolves around a kid, Toby, who discovers a lost key belonging to Santa Claus. Not knowing what he’s found, Toby ends up on an adventure getting the key back to Santa.
“The kid doesn’t know what he has,” Hedges said. “The magical key changes shapes and goes through time. The following year, an elf comes to the door looking for the key.”
Never thinking he’d write a children’s book, Hedges said he was inspired one day when he was browsing Christmas books at a store and wanted something more.
“There are so many children’s books about Christmas that are great, but there just aren’t too many classics,” he said.
Hedges, 51, has taught for 16 years at Sense Charter School in Indianapolis and plans to use his teaching experience as inspiration for further writing. One in the works is another children’s book about school and teaching titled, “Who Holds the Torch For Me?” Another project is “Donnie’s Plan,” a three-part series of historical fiction novels. Both are set for release in 2019.
For “The Key to Christmas,” Hedges is scheduled for a book signing at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 16000 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 3. On Dec. 1, he’ll be in Westfield for a book signing from noon to 2 p.m. at Turn the Page bookstore, 149 N. Walnut St., Westfield. The book will be for sale at both events. On Nov. 7, Hedges also will be selling the book at the Indianapolis Christmas Gift and Hobby Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The Key to Christmas” can be purchased from Amazon.