Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fond Memories by Erica Vetsch

I am of the opinion that fiction writers are born. We just don’t all realize we’re writers at the same age/time. But if you polled writers, I bet you’d find that from an early age, we spun stories in our heads, we lived vividly through the characters in books, and that we spent more time in a fantasy world than in the real world.

Some of my fondest memories as a child revolve around books. When I was young, I lived an intense inner life populated by the characters I had come to love in Marguerite Henry books, L.M. Montgomery books, John Richard Young books, and so many more. I pioneered with Laura Ingalls Wilder, rode race horses with Alec Ramsey, and solved mysteries with Encyclopedia Brown.

I not only lived those stories with the characters, my imagination picked up where the book left off, and I created stories with those characters, taking us all to new adventures. I was always reading a book, whether in school when I should’ve been doing schoolwork or with a flashlight under the covers at night. 

It was that time spent in another world that made me feel happy. I needed that escape, and I still do, though now it isn’t only reading about made up people, it’s making them up myself that is so refreshing and exciting.

When I was explaining this to my teenage son, about how I needed to spend time in my own head to feel like things were going okay, he nodded in complete agreement and said, “Me too, but a book will get me there faster.”

He gets it. He might even turn out to be a writer himself someday.


About the Author:
Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves history and reading, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical fiction set in the American West. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two terrific teens, wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum patron.

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