New Christmas Book With Local Ties

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- An Odessa Grandfather can now call himself an author, after he found out how he could capture the spirit of Christmas in the pages of his first book.

"It just kind of developed. I just kind of started writing this story," said Wes Hunt, "This idea just came up, and kept evolving, and so I was just writing about as quickly as I could."

"A Miracle for Poppy," started as a story for his grandson, one cold December night in 2006. It's been a year in the making but the Hunts printed 100 copies and hope to have the book on store shelves by early next year.

"My wife read it first, I think I read it to her and she said, I think we ought to publish this book," he said.

Hunt dedicated the book to his grandson and dog.

"It's been very humbling, this is the first book I've ever written," he said.

Hunt says the he loved listening to the Christmas stories his mother used to read to him when he was a child, now he hopes to pass on that love to his grandson.

"I kept thinking about my grandson, and how much he likes listening to stories, and how much he likes to be read to," he said that was the inspiration for the book.

Now he says there is no telling where the book will end up but he hopes it will turn up in the hearts and hands of those willing to believe in the spirit of Christmas.