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Author Interview with Deborah Buchanan:
Why did your husband write this book?
Ken Buchanan knew he wanted to be a writer since he was a little boy.
The reason why he wrote this book is because he wanted to give a gift
to his two sons. He was filled with so much love for his children, and
he thought if he could give them any gift, he would want it to be a
home just like the one in the story. He wrote the story and after the
story was written, the family built a home surround by the animals of
How long did it take to write the story?
Ken wrote the first draft of the story in one sitting. It took a couple
of months to revise the story to the final copy. However, it took seven
years for the book to be published.
Has he written other books?
Deborah and Ken have written two other books. They are called: Lizards
on the Wall and It Rained on the Desert Today.
Lizards on the Wall is a continuation of the book This House
is Made of Mud. It Rained on the Desert Today also describes
life in the desert.
What is the best thing about being an author?
Being able to visit schools and reading the stories to the children
are the best things about being an author. Deborah has traveled to over
one hundred schools throughout the United States and Germany (American
military base schools). Ken has only been on half of these trips because
he is currently working. Their talks include a number of topics from
writing and rewriting the story to where the ideas of the story come
from, how and why they both became writers, and what it takes to become
a successful author. They also tell the students how they had always
dreamed of becoming authors and how they made their dreams come true.
How many children do you have and do you have any
Deborah and Ken have two children; they are both boys. They also have
one dog and one cat.
Do you and Ken live in Arizona?
They both grew up in Tucson, Arizona, but they are currently living
in northwestern Oregon.
Others facts about this book:
The book This House is Made of Mud was the Arizona State Library
Association's "Children's Book of the Year" in 1991. This book is also
a "Reading Rainbow" book. The book This House is Made of Mud
will be on the show Reading Rainbow. The title of the show is Piggy
in the Puddle. It will be on December 21, 1999, on PBS.
This interview took place on November 9, 1999. If you would like
to visit their web site the address is:
www.geocities.com/rossanan2. If you would like to contact Deborah
and Ken Buchanan, you can reach them online at: email@example.com.
(If you are a student e-mailing the Buchanans, please give them your
grade level and the city and state where you live.)
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