Some of the things I learned from the author visit was that he wrote all the songs in the movie Footloose and that it took about 4 years to make the movie. Also he wrote some songs for the movies Bambi 2, Shrek 2, 101 Dalmatians 2, and some others like Fame. Some times it can take up to 5 months to just do the outline of a book. Out of the three books Nickel Bay Nick, Big One O, And Captain Nobody, my favorite would be Nickel Bay Nick. Dean Pitchford has wrote over 400 songs and is working on a new song right now.