It’s hard to quantify why I want to tell his story differently and why I care so much. Certain people get into your heart and soul. Why else would this place inspire me?

I took that inspiration and poured it into a book to share with the world, and I work hard to share it. This sharing – and inspiring – is my job.

What people think my job is like: “Wow, you’re traveling again? It looks so glamorous! You must enjoy these vacations!”

What my job is REALLY like:

  1. Drive almost 4 hours to northern WI for an event;
  2. Change clothes in a tiny bathroom at the venue;
  3. Inhale a milkshake for dinner;
  4. Set up my presentation;
  5. Give my program TO A FULL HOUSE WHO BOUGHT EVERYTHINGEVERYTHINGEVERYTHING;
  6. Listen to stories until the last person leaves;
  7. Tear down and load;
  8. Drive through a tornado watch for two hours;
  9. Fall into bed near midnight;
  10. Get up at 5am to be at a 7am appearance;
  11. REPEAT ALL DAY.

Before anyone says I sound like I’m complaining, I LOVE MY JOB. Yes, it’s hard. But every time I open my inbox and find another memory someone made because of Dad and me, or I listen to another person tell me the memory they’re making because of us, I KNOW I’M DOING WHAT MATTERS. I don’t make much money. I’m wearing myself out and flinging myself into walls and hearing “no” more than anyone can possibly imagine, but I’m giving all that two middle fingers and charging forward.

If you’ve read one or all of my books, thank you.
If you’ve encouraged others to read them, THANK YOU.
If you’ve requested them at your local library, a sloppy kiss for you.
If you’ve told someone to invite me to speak, thank you even more.

Now I’m off to Oshkosh. Hope I don’t have to drive through a tornado to tell our story!!

You can read more about what Merry gave me. I’m honored to be the person that wrote a story for him. I’d be even more honored if you would read To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis.

A desperate explorer. A little girl in danger. Can they beat their mutual enemy before it’s too late? If you like thrilling action, compelling characters and rollicking adventure, then you’ll love the 2nd book in New York Times bestselling author Andra Watkins’ Nowhere series. To Live Forever is available everywhere now!

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prettiest

Reviewers of Not Without My Father actually complain that I missed some of the prettiest spots on the Natchez Trace. Because walking more than a half marathon every day for a month leaves PLENTY of time for detours.

SERIOUSLY, THOSE WHINERS SHOULD TRY IT. I DARE THEM TO WALK FIFTEEN MILES A DAY AND GIVE CHIPPER SIGHTSEEING TOURS.

I recently spent a couple of weeks along the Trace, and I tried to cater to these whiners, I mean, do some tourist videos highlighting great spots along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

In this video I show you why I didn’t stop and visit the points of interest while I was in the middle of my 444 mile walk with 30,000 steps a day.

Want to learn more about why I walked and who helped me along the way?  Not Without My Father is available NOW. Amazon/Nook/iTunes/Kobo/Audible.

A driven daughter. A gassy, nightmare father. Can they finish an epic walk of an ancient highway before they kill each other? If you like Bill Bryson, Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert, then you’ll love Andra Watkins’ New York Times bestselling memoir. 

walking the Natchez Trace

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Daughters of the American Revolution and the Natchez Trace

Ever notice markers like this at historic sites you visit? I do, because I’m a proud Daughter of the American Revolution.

Chances are the marker was placed by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

To become a member, a female must trace her lineage through female ancestors and connect with someone who served in the American Revolution.

My ancestor was Captain John Anderson. He hailed from Virginia. I was both surprised and pleased to find out I have Scandinavian ancestry.

As a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I always take note of markers we erect. The DAR reminds people of our historic fabric and teases out layers in every landscape. We even played a role in the construction of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Intrigued?

A desperate explorer. A little girl in danger. Can they beat their mutual enemy before it’s too late? If you like thrilling action, compelling characters and rollicking adventure, then you’ll love the 2nd book in New York Times bestselling author Andra Watkins’ Nowhere series.

To Live Forever is available NOW. Amazon/Nook/iTunes/Kobo.

proud of my Daughters of the American Revolution certificate

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