Lena Nelson Dooley has said that writers are born, a creation from God and I believe that to be true. But that first inkling? That first inclination? I believe that comes long before we take up the pen to write. Most writers will tell you they have loved books from a very young age. But it wasn’t until fourth grade that I read Walter Farley’s THE BLACK STALLION and discovered the joy of reading. The adventures of a whole world you never knew existed from your armchair. The bliss of losing oneself in a novel for a few stolen minutes, or better yet, under the covers with a flashlight while everyone else slept! I read my way through the entire series and thus began the relentless search to find the next great book. THE HARDY BOYS and NANCY DREW enthralled me, but it was that first series that hooked me. To be sure, it was my dad’s love of reading that made it inherently certain that someday I would share that love. But my early memories of his interests were that of memoirs and true stories and I enjoyed slipping into a world of make believe. A Navy pilot, he was a cowboy at heart. After flying for twenty years he longed to anchor himself to a plot of land with horses. A few sheep and cows. He did it all and somewhere along the way delved into Louis L’ Amour and Zane Grey. It is no suprise to me that he owns every L’Amour book written and most of Zane Grey’s, if not all. Hmmm, I wonder where I got it? You can read more about my dad on my blog, www.dadandme2.blogspot.com. We have more in common than our love to read and our book collections. At FICTIONADDICTION, I will be posting three times a week: Monday’s Meanderings with some views of writing, dreaming, publishing and the like; Rebecca’s Reviews on Wednesdays, where I will continue to write about much beloved books that have inspired me over the years; Friday’s Favorites, reviews about favorite authors and their latest novels. Hope you stop by often. I would love to hear from you – what are your earliest memories of books? What ignited your passion for reading?
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” KJV, Psalms 19:14