Jul 10, 2015

Author Interview - Black Hills Picture Books

Today I'm honored to be featured on Black Hills Picture Books.

Secrets of a Fellow Writer

So today I am very happy to be interviewing my friend K. M. Updike, author of The Life and Death of Terry Dodd, written in the summer of 2013 and soon to be published!

Q. Could you tell us little about yourself?
A. I grew up in a homeschool family. We read books more than watched TV, and history was huge. My dad got his degree in history, and my mom was a teacher.

Q. Which writers inspire you?
A. Elizabeth Wein, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa M. Alcott, Catherine Marshall (author of Christy), and K. M. Weiland K. M. Weiland is a Christian and has a background similar to mine, and she has a website dedicated to helping writers become authors.

Q. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from your book?
A. Clint Eastwood (Terry Dodd), a very young Barbara Hershey (Joann), and a mix between Bruce Greenwood and Dennis Quaid and Robert Benigni's character in Life is Beautiful (Joann's dad)

Q. How much research did you do for this book?

A. For one thing, I watched Starsky and Hutch. It struck me that they always asked the homeowners if they could use the phone! No cell phones back then. I also found pictures from the 1970s. I researched when books were published [to know whether or not they could be in the story] and the names of clothes that are different from what we call clothing today. I did find pictures of California in which they had drained pools for kids to use for skateboarding.  

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