Author seeks to capture American pioneer spirit through writing

By BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN - CASTRAIN@VICAD.COM
Dec. 2, 2015 at 10:51 p.m.

David Marion Wilkinson, ABR Author

David Marion Wilkinson, ABR Author   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

Much of his grandfather's childhood mirrored the life of Almanzo Wilder, of the "Little House on the Prairie" books, said David Marion Wilkinson.

"He was a dirt farmer, and he raised five kids out there on that farm with what he raised: vegetables, fruits and cotton," Wilkinson said. "I used to work in his fields a little bit, but I knew exactly what it was to see someone make a living from being a farmer."

Wilkinson, a screenwriter and author of five books, will give a reading Thursday at the University of Houston-Victoria's Alcorn Auditorium as part of the American Book Review reading series.

The author is now working on a mini-series biopic about the development of the "Little House on the Prairie," books by Laura Ingles Wilder* and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.

At the reading, Wilkinson will read from his book, "Where the Mountains Are Thieves," closely based on his time spent living in Alpine, where he helped create Sul Ross University's first writer-in-residence program.

The main character goes from being a very wealthy executive to seeing everything around him, including his career and marriage, crumble, Wilkinson said.

"The older you get, the harder those things become," Wilkinson said. "There is no mercy."

*Correction: Laura Ingalls Wilder is the author of the "Little House on the Prairie" series. Her name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.


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