Beyond the Book: “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”

Beyond the Book Reading

Researching events past, present, and future helps enhance your reading experience. Family Tree Novel series readers are introduced to a variety of historical and social events throughout the novel series. Choose to explore or to expand your knowledge of these events on your songline.

1. “Very Special Place”, written by Richard Massamore and distributed in the 1980s.

2: “Read: Discover Kentucky” Discover other Kentucky authors, such as Jesse Stuart, Eddie PriceCrystal White, and Leigh Anne Florence, to name a few.

3. “Great American Eclipse” occurred August 21, 2017. To learn more visit: www.greatamericaneclipse.com.

4. Pennyrile Nature Trail: learn more about Kentucky trails at www.kentuckytourism.com/outdooradventure/trail/pennyrile-nature-trail/316/.

5. Dawson Springs Barbecue and Homecoming: learn more about Dawson Springs, Kentucky, events at www.dawsonspringsky.com/trails/Events.htm.

6. Catfish Noodling: learn more at www.fieldandstream.com.

7. Tasmanian Tiger: learn more at www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/tasmanian-tiger

8. 1898 Day Bros. Building: learn more at www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/ky/hopkins/state.html

9. The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens: to learn more visit www.zoo.org.au/melbourne.

To learn more about a specific events, use our website to search topics using keywords from the Family Tree Novel series.

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Kussins on The Authors Show

  • M. W. Adams give us a quick synopsis of your Family Tree Novel series and DOWN UNDER: Kussins.

The Family Tree Novel series is a real and relevant story about modern family relationships and hometown history.

In DOWN UNDER: Kussins, Pester’s unyielding pranks force Driew to question his biggest bother’s not-so-loving intentions. During Driew’s countrified lessons with twins, Able and Cain Poe, a brotherly secret surfaces. Driew vows to protect family secrets and moments, carving their words down under the Outback tree’s protective bark.

  • Is there a specific type of reader you had in mind when you wrote your book?

I wrote this book for tween/teen readers to understand family roles and how love works. Whether readers are the oldest, middle, youngest, adopted, blended, or an only child, they’ll related to a Family Tree Novel character. The series’ Walkabout moments offer family perspectives of Driew’s journey along an uprooted Aboriginal songline.

  • What influences your writing style?

Reading is a strong influence. When writing middle grade YA, I must research myself at that age: fears, actions, and reactions to surviving your social tribe. In my youthful exploration of love and family, I used books like: The Five Love Languages of Teenagers, Gary Chapman and Growing Up First Born, Kevin Leman.

Research is a fascinating influence. In the Family Tree Novel series I decided to include my research as second source reading for educators. Beyond the book reading includes: local history, traditions, foods, and social factors.

Lastly words and language are important influence in writing. Words have unique meanings in various cultures. Take for example Caddywompus, (a non-derogatory word to describe functions or actions associated with uncharacteristic behaviors, socially or physically). My neighbor used the word to describe a table with a short leg, or a photo that hung off-centered on the wall.

  • What makes your characters unique?

Each teen characters express love differently based on the role they play in family hierarchy. I also like that each has their own sense of humor that sparkles throughout.

  • Where can we purchase your book?

If visiting the small town from the book, Dawson Springs, Kentucky, Southern Belles and Notions on the town square or Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park gift shop are my two favorites. The books are available at my publisher’s website: syppublishing.com, my website: markwayneadams.com, or any major retailer.

The full interview and original broadcast are available at The Authors Show.