In this next installment of our Local Authors Series we’re talking to Kristine Sader. In case you’ve missed what we’re up to here, we’ve learned that there are nearly two dozen authors locally here in town. But, there doesn’t really seem to be a way to easily find the books they’ve written or any local source for them to promote their work. We created this series to share the authors stories and to let all of you – perspective readers – get to hear about their works. (If you’ve missed our previous columns, we’ve got links for you at the bottom of this page.)
Please share a short bio to introduce yourself.
I grew up in Burbank, California. My mom grew up in Hollywood, and my dad’s family worked in the movie & television industry providing horses, wranglers stuntmen, and wagons. Having them both as my parents definitely influenced my love of movies. I have a bachelor’s degree from the Master’s College, and attended Idaho State University with a major in English and a minor in History. I moved to Nevada in 2004. Since living here I have owned The Acting Workshop and wrote plays.
Please tell us about the book(s) you’ve written and a short synopsis.
My book is Ace Hudkins: Boxing With The Nebraska Wildcat, (available on Amazon) and it tells the incredible true story of my dad’s uncle, and his brothers, in the 1920s as Ace rises through the ranks as a boxer. As he went from Nebraska, to New York, to Hollywood, with his brother as his manager, Ace came across such notables as Rudolph Valentino, Charles Lindbergh, and Mayor Fred Hesse of Las Vegas.
What inspired you to write it?
My dad’s stories were great, and my mom encouraged me.
What do you hope your readers experience or learn from reading your work?
I hope they have fun reading about this rollercoaster, Zelig-like true story. Perhaps they will gain a little more insight into the American dream during the 1920s.
When and how did you publish it?
I published it in paperback and e-book at the very tail end of 2018, and I used Amazon and KDP, after first going to Lulu for the hardcover.
What events in your life contributed to your becoming an author?
I have always enjoyed a good story, whether watching one, reading one or writing one. Classic movies definitely influenced my love of history and Hollywood.
Did you take any formal or informal classes or seminars in writing? What would you say to other would-be authors about the process of writing?
Yes, my major was English while at ISU. I can’t say enough how valuable education is. You must know the rules before you can go off on your own. Just like in jazz, you must know the basics before you can improvise. To other writers I say, check your facts, get an editor, and if you write a biography, get ready to struggle with copywrite law if you wish to include photos. It is a long journey, but worth it. Take classes and keep writing. A writer writes. (I think Billy Crystal said that in Throw Mama From The Train, and it is true!)
How long have you lived in Boulder City? What do you like most about living here?
We moved here in 2005. I like the proximity to Las Vegas, as we can go to shows, and then come home to our peaceful town. I love our friends here, and we have good neighbors.
Any other thoughts you’d like our readers to know about you or your work?
Biographies don’t need to be boring. Everybody has a life story. I hope the readers enjoy my book, with a few laughs, and a little scandal along the way! This year I will be completing and preparing my next book, which is the continuing the story of The Hudkins Bros. Ranch in Hollywood. I have interviewed, Clint Walker, James Drury, and many more for this upcoming book.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this visit with Kristine! If you’ve missed either of our other interviews in this series you can see both of these authors stories here: