In case you missed it the first time around, here’s an interview you might enjoy about my most recent novel, Lord of the Mountain, conducted by stellar children’s book reviewer Deborah Kalb.
Kalb: How did you come up with the idea for Lord of the Mountain, and for your character Nate?
Kidd: Several years ago my editor, knowing how much I love biography and music, sent me a present: Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music, by Mark Zwonitzer and Charles Hirshberg.
What a wonderful book! In my imagination I bounced along dirt roads with the Carters in 1927 as they traveled to Bristol, Tennessee, for the recording sessions that became known as the “big bang” of country music. After the sessions, I hitched a ride with A.P. Carter and his African American friend Esley Riddle as they drove into the hills and hollers, seeking out songs for the Carter Family to record.
By the time I returned from my travels, I was determined to write a book about these people and the music they created.
Read the full interview