I’m fairly certain I inherited my love of adventure from my dad. He was the kind of person who always took the scenic route. We got lost a lot, but for him, that just added to the experience. I remember scavenger hunts for Christmas gifts and even driving all over the state as a family, following radio station clues to find a hidden key.
Traveling, camping, cooking...he was always game to try something new. His tales of growing up and serving in the Air Force are the stuff of family legends, especially his Hawaii stories, which were his particular favorites. Even after his passing, he inspired adventure in the form of a Hawaiian themed Christmas with decorations and delicious food and each person decked out in one of Dad’s many Hawaiian shirts. That day will live in my memory forever.
If you’ve read my inspiration page, you already know my dad inspired me to write. He adored the adventure of science fiction. I can’t say I inherited the love of that genre, but I’ve always preferred stories with the same flare for danger and suspense. I started out with Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew and never stopped reading. Through fiction I can travel to distant places, evade dangerous enemies, stage a brilliant rescue, or even become someone completely new. While time, obligations, finances or even a pandemic might hamper a physical adventure, books are always available.
How long has it been since you had an adventure? I’m hopeful Thirteen Scars will give you just such an experience, but until then, grab a new book or an old favorite, share your stories with the next generation, take a hike, or get out of the house and do something new. Challenge yourself to build a little adventure into each day.
I’d love to hear about your adventures in fiction. Feel free to comment below with your favorites.