- RU: I love the 1950’s/ 1960’s world and honestly I just want to get into a time machine and live there. But since time machines aren’t around… just yet… I have to settle for writing. That way I could do a lot of research and paint a picture, describing certain places or aspect of those decades I enjoyed. Movies of the time certainly inspired the look and feel. Paul Newman movies like Hud and The Long Hot Summer for starters. And books like The Outsiders and On the Road – I was just attracted to that meandering feel as well as the greaser/ drive in kind of lifestyle. As for the actual theme and subject matter – it was all beliefs and thoughts I was having and struggling with. I didn’t drive a tractor cross country but I thought and felt the same things as our main character. So I decided to present it all in a stylish 50’s/60’s classic teen adventure kind of way. I’ve been told it reads like a movie because it was always visualized as a movie from that era. I just can’t get enough of that time!
RU: The main character is John, a teenager about to graduate high school. All he wants though is money to buy a pickup truck. He grew up in a small town and he’s uncertain if he wants to stay. He doesn’t like the farm lifestyle and his roots make it hard for him to branch out into the bigger world. He’s really unsure what he wants wherever he goes (I think that’s a pretty typical teenager thought). Essentially, he sees that his interests and background and exploration on this trip all combine to make him who he is. He is shy, timid, quiet, but there’s a bit of anger and frustration in him – mostly due to confusion. It’s a coming of age story and his emotions and thoughts are certainly the book’s focal point!
BBB: What do you think readers will find most appealing about your book?
RU: If readers are anything like me, they’ll enjoy the style. I feel it reads and flows just like a 1950’s movie. For younger readers in their teens, I hope it resonates with them and gives them hope and strength for their own coming of age story. All in all, it real has a call to adventure to it. A teenager drives a tractor across the Southern US and finds himself through breakdowns, breakups, and lucky breaks! It’s a fun thought provoking little read.
BBB: What other books have you written?
RU: Going off of the coming of age theme, I wrote a nonfiction film history book called 101 Most Influential Coming of Age Movies. It explores every decade of the last 100 years in film and what it was like to grow up in each one. Then it looks at what films sort of captured or inspired those trends and which ones have become unforgettable important gems. For film fans, it’s a must because there aren’t any other books on the subject. I have also written for a few blogs and sites like Sessions X and Taste of Cinema. I’m primarily a screenwriter and have a few feature films currently in development. I hope to have a third book, a novel, real soon!
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
KU: You can find this book and the film history book on Amazon.
And keep in touch through Twitter!
Otherwise, there’s always IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6875047/