For The Love Of Books

Charlene D’Avanzo: I’ve treasured books for as long as I can remember. As a kid I literally devoured the “Cherry Ames Student Nurse” series and remember my mother complaining that the books were too costly to be read in a day.

The series was set in World War Two when Cherry Ames solved problems and captured criminals “demonstrating that women can succeed in the public, working world”. Apparently I was a young feminist before I knew what the word meant!

No question, books are revered – poke around online and you’ll find lots of terrific literary quotes. A few of my favorites:

  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn,         the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

   “Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of          the Craft.

   “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
– Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird

   “Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.”―Khaled Hosseini

Another critical point: “If You Have Something To Say Write A Book”. But the             reverse is also true – “Don’t Write Book Until You Have Something To Say”.

So why did I – a scientist who wrote technical marine research articles – decide to write            fiction?  As I explain in the rationale for book one in my Oceanographer Mara Tusconi series: “I was motivated to write Cold Blood, Hot Seaby stories of researchers maliciously targeted by climate change deniers”.

That’s what I wanted to get across – dedicated climate scientists I knew had been ridiculed by politicians who knew zero about our warming planet and the serious realities of climate change. I was livid, people needed to understand what was going on, and the “uniquely portable magic” of popular fiction was the best vehicle.

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3 Responses to For The Love Of Books

  1. maggierobinsonwriter says:

    Wonderful quotes, and I’m so glad you heeded The Calling!

  2. julianne spreng says:

    The lack of interest in educating oneself in conservative circles is appalling. They seem to take pride in their ignorance. But the truly frightening aspect is their ability to legislate that ignorance. Thank you for making the effort to educate in a way that appears to be only for entertainment.

  3. Kate Flora says:

    Loved those Cherry Ames books. All those strong women we read produced a generation of women writers who wanted their characters to save themselves.

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