I love thunderstorms, which are defined by the National Weather Service as "A rain-bearing cloud that also produces lightning." The agency also states:
an average of 300 people are injured and 80 people are killed each year by lightning. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.
Maybe my love of thunderstorms has to do with never truly being threatened by one, except once when the storm cropped up while me and my hiking group stood atop a mountain, forcing us to run down boulder and root-strewn mountains.
I'm certain such storms heighten my sense of danger and animal survival instinct while striking a chord of literary metaphor, which is why I feature them so prominently in THE FALCON, THE WOLF AND THE HUMMINGBIRD (Laramie Book Award Nominee).
Growing up in the Midwest, I thought thunderstorms occurred everywhere. Then I moved to California and… not so much.
Do you love them or hate them?
There doesn’t seem to be an in between!
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THE FALCON, THE WOLF AND THE HUMMINGBIRD a historical novel
BLISS ROAD, a memoir
WINTER LIGHT, a novel
THE WIND THIEF, a novel
GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS, a resource for writers