Inside a Writer's Mind 1

Ever wonder what writers pull from real life? This series will give at least one such story from each book

Do you ever wonder what tidbits of personal life writers put into their books? I have a book coming out in a couple of months called Death of an Old Miner's Ghost.

In it, the main character listens to a Louis L'Amour audiobook for the first time. It makes her think of her grandpa.

The inspiration from this small scene is from a recent experience in my life. My dad was a huge Louis L'Amour fan. Of course, I would never read an old man Western. Eww gross. Well, a few months back, my husband read me one. (Since getting married, he's read to me every night. We trade off who picks the book.) I was skeptical when he chose Hondo. Even the name sounded dumb. I was wrong. That man could write. I grew up in a desert. He painted pictures that could take me back home and to places I'd never been but felt I knew.

My biggest regret is waiting so long to discover Louis L'Amour's writing. I want to talk to my dad about it. Ask him about his favorite book. But I can't; he died in 2020. So once again, I find myself telling the empty air around me, "Dad, you were right again."

It does make me miss him like so many things do, but it also feels like I made another connection with him. Are any L'Amour fans out there? What should I read next?

So what haven't you done or tried because of a prejudice without anything to back it up? I challenge you to try something new. Let me know how it goes.

And if you're wondering if I counted the book on Goodreads, yes, yes, I did.