ILUKA author Sue Cason is no stranger to the frantic weeks that come before December 25 each year.
The secrecy of presents, the rush to get the best ham and the biggest turkey, and organise a fun day for all.
One year, when Mrs Cason was feeling completely bombarded in the lead-up to Christmas, inspiration for her latest children's book was born.
"I thought it's got to be worse somewhere else in the world," Mrs Cason said.
"Where would it be busiest? In (Santa's) workshop."
Redcap's Christmas is the story of an elf who longs to work in Santa's busy workshop and with just seven days until the big day, he is thrown in at the deep end.
With robotic tigers, a missing list and a new best friend who turns out to be more of a hindrance than help, Redcap's Christmas is about solving problems in the midst of havoc and is Mrs Cason's 31st published work.
Designed for children aged four to eight, Redcap's Christmas is a humorous story that Mrs Cason said she was eager to share with children across the globe.
"I'm really tickled pink about this book for the reason that it's very hard to get a Christmas book published." But when the publishers got their hands on it, "they loved it".
Redcap's Christmas is set to hit local bookstores in the next few weeks.