How A Great Read Can Inspire Great Writing:
THIS STORY IS A GREAT EXAMPLE of how reading one story can inspire you to write your own. I wrote "The Amazon Jamazon" immediately after reading "The River of Doubt" by Candice Millard. The book beautifully details the exploits Theodore Roosevelt and his crew of hearty (& sometimes foolish) men, as they journey through the Amazon Jungle and explore a dangerous tributary of the Amazon River. I can't say enough about this book! It is in my top ten favorites of all time. After completing the last page of the epilogue, I knew the very person I wanted to share this story with . . .
My Nana has shared with me some of my favorite stories. From childhood, all the way up to adulthood. We read all of Dr. Seuss, lots of Tall Tales and Native American Folk Tales. We read poetry and Shakespeare and lots of incredible biographies. She had a set of Encyclopedias that I would spend hours perusing. Later she volunteered at our small town library and would order in copies of YA romance novels that were the perfect fix for my pining adolescence.
Our other favorite pastime was nature walks. We spent hours walking around her little camp on the lake looking at plants and evidence of animals. Each plant had a story, a cure for rashes, an edible delicacy, or a poisonous potion. She also would talk to animals. She would have long back and forth conversations with "Chippy" the chipmunk or sing joyous songs of call and response with her loon friends. I loved joining in on those loon calls. I'm sure neighbors thought that Nana and I were loons ourselves but we didn't care!
I just knew that "Nana Nature" was going to get a kick out of this book about the Amazon. And oh boy did she! Although she had some opinions about what Teddy Roosevelt and the boys should have done differently. I replied that she and I would have better luck on our own voyage down the Amazon River. . .