Sid Fleischman died on Saint Paddy's Day. What a terrific author. Master of the tall tale. And if you read his books, you will learn about the craft. The way he weaved everything together. Have you ever read Humbug Mountain? In my opinion, it is one of the best books ever written. Or the "McBroom" series about the family with 11 red-headed children set on their farm in Iowa, I think.
My favorite thing he ever taught me about writing is this; "Give weather reports. It helps the reality of a scene if foghorns are blowing or kites are in the sky on a windy afternoon or the day's so hot wallpaper is peeling off the walls."
So rest easy now Sid. And chat it up with Samuel and those prolific writers who have gone on before you. God bless.