Interview with Kurt Sipolski

Why a book on polio?
It's not really that! The life changes of a young woman whose child is struck by polio has never really been explored, and I hope my biopic shows the challenges and triumphs of a mother. No mother wants a disabled child, so the mother and the child both have to discover what real strength is...character!
Most books about a disability end when the disabled person is able to walk/talk, etc. Is that true of "Flowers?"
Decidedly not! This is the life saga of the heroine, Iris.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A small town in Illinois, and yes a simple town with simple people develops the character and imagination of the little boy in braces and gives the support to the struggling mother.
When did you first start writing?
Professionally, when I graduated college and began working in Australia as a reporter for Rupert Murdoch. Eventually I became a magazine publisher in San Francisco, and now, of course, my Ebook.
How in the world were you able to get your book optioned? A rare achievement!
I always saw this as a film, and thought of actresses to play the mother, Iris. I approached beautiful Ksenia Solo who not only has the charm and sympathy to play the role, but she also has become an advocate for polio eradication and is using her celebrity status (LOST GIRL, BLACK SWAN, etc) to reach her worldwide fan base. She will produce through her company, On Fire Films.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Too Early for Flowers: The Story of a Polio Mother
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 33,060. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED MEMOIR: Too ambitious for her small Illinois town, Iris is determined to see the world with Washington, DC as the first stop, right before WWII. Her plans are curtailed when she marries a handsome young soldier and they have two boys. Tragically widowed and back home, her younger in braces from polio, Iris prepares herself for the challenges ahead.