Where are the authorsÂ from?
All 3 authors,Â Amy White,Â Mark H. Pulham, and Dallin Blankenship are currently in Utah.
Mark H. Pulham
Amy if you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?
There are two people that I would love to spend some time with — Aristotle and/or Albert Einstein — oh for a time machine!
If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would be? What food would you serve?
I think Kevin (the blue monster on the back cover)Â would be my dinner companion of choice. I’m certain he would share my love of chocolates.
On the other hand, I must warn anyone wanting dinner with a certain single-toothed old ladyÂ (bottom right, pg 81), she’s a bit hard of hearing, won’t take no for an answer, and isÂ known for her Hairy Toe stew.
If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?
Oh, I’d definitely have the Commander (found on the back of the title page)Â take me to realms and worldsÂ unknown.
Describe your dream writing spot.
Oh, to dream! Â My spot is in a warm and brightÂ open-to-the-air HawaiianÂ seaside room withÂ a resting couch, the walls filled with my library of reference books, stocked with my favorite office supplies, a never-fail computer, and everÂ full-of-ink printer.
How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?
I wondered myself at times. More than anything, you need to understand why you want to writeÂ a book. Deadlines come and go. Complications multiply likeÂ rabbits, despair looms menacingly on an almost daily basis,Â but what keeps you going is that goal, that deep down inside you reason to not justÂ ‘want’Â to write, but the ‘need’ to have written.
What is the name of your book?
Dressing the Naked Hand: The World’s Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets
Give us a back blurb of your book
Created by a team of master puppet builders and performers, Dressing the Naked Hand is the go-to manual for all things puppet. With workshops on stuffets, hand puppets, advanced puppets, stages, acting, voices,Â and much more, it’s the world’s most comprehensive puppetry guide–ever!
What genre is it?
Non-fiction How-to / Crafting
What kind of research did you do for this book?
After years of being a children’s librarian, andÂ yearsÂ watching Mark’s puppet shows entertain hundreds of kids and adults, I finally convinced him to teach me puppetry. I alsoÂ joined the Utah Puppetry Arts Guild, attended guildÂ workshops, and dedicated myself to learning from every expert I could find.
Additionally, in the final months of creating images and editing, I realized, for this particular image-heavy and image-specificÂ book, I’d needÂ to teach myself Adobe Photoshop. That was a learning curve!
Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?
Puppetry is a hobby–a beloved, obsessive hobby–for each of us. This curtails our performance and workshop opportunities. We traditionally perform in June at the Orem Library’s Teddy Bear Picnic; on Labor Day weekend at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival; and the 3rd week of December at the SCERA Center for the Arts. Outside of those venues, DallinÂ and MarkÂ do commission work for Imagine Learning, and Amy lectures on script and text analysis, as well as non-fiction at writing conferences such as Life the Universe and Everything (LTUE.net), World Horror Con 2016 (WHC2016.org), and Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR.com)
Updated information can be found on the DTNH website atÂ http://dressingthenakedhand.com/
Where can we find your books?Â
Wherever books are sold–
Barnes and Noble
Direct for the Publisher- Familius
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