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Andra Watkins

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New York Times Best Selling Author Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films.
Andra is also an accomplished public speaker. Her acclaimed first novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press in 2014. She writes about her experience as one of the first living persons to walk the Natchez Trace as the pioneers did in her memoir Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, nominated for the National Book Award for Nonfiction, the Sar
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Andra Watkins Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace will be available everywhere January 15, 2015.

When I decided to be the first liv…more
Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace will be available everywhere January 15, 2015.

When I decided to be the first living person to walk the Natchez Trace as our ancestors did, I thought it would be a fun way to launch my debut novel. I planned to walk 15 miles a day for a month.

But I needed a wingman, someone to drop me off and pick me up fifteen miles later. To my horror, the only available person was my 80-year-old father. And his gas. The self-scratching. His sleep apnea machine. Sharing a bathroom with a man who couldn't aim.

Would I finish? Or would we kill each other?(less)
Andra Watkins Would you believe me if I told you the ghost of Meriwether Lewis made me write To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis?

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Would you believe me if I told you the ghost of Meriwether Lewis made me write To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis?

No?

Okay. Then I'll admit that I've always been fascinated with Lewis. His murder-or-suicide death on the Natchez Trace at 35 is one of America's great unsolved mysteries. He died too soon.

But what if he could have another chapter? Another chance? What would he do?

I started there and wove a story with Lewis as a ghost shepherding a nine-year-old girl from her madam mother to her father in Nashville. To get there, Lewis has to battle his arch-nemesis from life and cross his own grave on the Natchez Trace.(less)
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“We can all name people we take for granted, because everybody’s swamped. Overwhelmed. Harried. We mean to make memories with people who matter, but often, we put it off for someday. And someday morphs into never, as Life’s unpredictability claims the people we love.”
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“never expected. And, at the end, I only had one plea. I hoped the Trace seared us into its soul. When people traveled it in a thousand years, maybe a few of them would hear my parents and me. In fallen leaves and birdsong. In the echo of their own footsteps. In a field of daffodils winking in the breeze. I stood next to the Natchez Trace Parkway sign, flanked by my parents. When I smiled into the camera, with one arm around each of them, I made one final addendum. I wanted to recall every molecule of our adventure. The sound”
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“doubted. Growth happened when I overcame my mind.”
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