Published: Dec 09, 2013 3:15 PM EST
Updated: Dec 09, 2013 3:24 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A local military veteran has written a children's book about the spirit of Christmas. It is selling well at Barnes and Noble and through Amazon.   It satisfies a need to do something positive, after seeing the horrors of war.

"I saw some surreal and dark things in the war.  Decapitations, body parts, those sorts of things.  I realized, that life is so short and precious, and I had to do something bigger and better, afterwards," says Walter Lee Johnson of Collier County.

"I always had a knack for writing, but I never did much, until I was over there.  I realized, I had do something in a positive manner," Johnson tells WINK News.

The result is "The Jolly Shop'.    It's an illustrated adventure of a mad scientist who tries to ruin Christmas.  Instead, with the help of elves and other characters, he meets Santa Claus and discovers that the holiday is about giving, rather than receiving.

Johnson is donating some of the proceeds to local childrens' groups.

Johnson says he is working on a sequel to the book, and a screenplay.  He hopes to make writing this full-time career.