At this early point, I kept asking what did Hawaii and the Northwest Territory have in common? The answer -- volcanoes. Lava.
|USGS Photo of Mount St. Helens' Eruption|
Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, at 8:30 in the morning, just a few years before we moved to Oregon.
We visited Mount St. Helens on one of those memorable family vacations. Aunt Yetta hid under the blanket as we drove through the newly opened, one-way gravel roads.
We stopped at overlooks, in awe at the sweep of the damage, the destruction and loss of lives.
At the visitor's center, I spotted a small dark painting of something unexpected -- Paul Kane had captured a night eruption of Mount St. Helens when he traveled by canoe along the Columbia in the spring of 1847.
|Paul Kane, "Mount St. Helens Erupting at Night"|
March 1847 (source: Wikipedia)
I was fascinated by Paul Kane. Who was he? How did he get to the Northwest? How did people react to that eruption? And so the research began, and the title to my third book in the McDonnell series came along. Rivers of Stone.
If you write, have natural catastropes influenced your stories?
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