Finally, finally, finally. The book To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis by my buddy Andra Watkins is now available. I have watched the creation of this book, the work of getting it published, and now the wonder of the final product.
To Live Forever is a journey into a little girl’s future that also explores the past of not only Meriwether Lewis, but the historic Natchez Trace as well. Following the none-to-friendly divorce of her parents, young Emmaline Cagney must run away from a situation at home that has gone from bad to worse. Along the way she picks up the help of the wandering spirit of Meriwether Lewis – of Lewis and Clarke fame – and a host of other characters both modern and folkloric. From the sultry sway of New Orleans to the icon country of Nashville, the reader is taken on their own journey of exploration into some of the most interesting characters in America’s past. Told from the few points of Lewis, Emmaline, and “the Judge” (one of those unsavory characters you will love to hate), the story unfolds at a quickening rate to an explosive climax.
Nicely illustrated in the style of Lewis’s exploration journals, though not overdone, the book is a delight to the eye as well as the mind. Pick it up, get pulled along on a wild ride, and enjoy the journey.
And while we are talking about journey’s, you should also know that in celebration of the publication of her book, and to help tell people about it and the Trace itself, Andra is walking the entire length of the 444 mile trail. She is starting her walk today, March 1st, and is planning to average about 15 miles per day.
I will take readers into the world of the book. You’ll see the places that inspired scenes and hear the backstories of different characters, with running commentary by my father, who’s tagging along with me. – Andra Watkins
I can’t begin to tell you how inspired I am by Andra – by her book, by her walk, and by her determination through it all. Check it all out now, you will be glad you did.