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What the Rivers Teach Us
by Barbara Esstman   

Last edited: Wednesday, August 02, 2000
Posted: Saturday, June 10, 2000

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Appearing in JANE'S STORIES II, an anthology by Wild Dove Press, Palatine, IL. A short piece on how writers use their childhood and experiences as grist for fiction.

I grew up in St. Charles, MO, on the banks of the Missouri River and have powerful memories of the floods there. When I was writing NIGHT RIDE HOME in 1993, I went back to Missouri for a visit and a friend took me out to see the devastation left by that more recent great flood. What I saw hooked into my other memories and turned them into the major metaphor of the novel I was in the middle of. Interesting in how fiction writers must gather together and reassemble the material for their books.

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Reviewed by Linda Alexander 11/25/2003
Barbara: I came upon this piece, & the rest of your AD site, thru a search on MD authors (I'm one, too). Your "What the Rivers Teach Us" is poignant & calls to mind the way I write everything -- from personal experience, be it my own, someone I've interviewed, or taken from a document related to someone long dead. There are no fiction stories anywhere near as great as those that originate in the truth. Whether a writer is doing a fiction or non-fiction work, truth as a basis is far richer than anything that can be imagined!

Blessings -- Linda Alexander
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