Unlike many transplants, in the beginning Montana didn’t call to me. However, in 1982 we lived in California and needed to make a change. Our daughters were 2 and 4 years old and we agreed we didn’t want them to grow up in a place where we worried about their safety to the point that they could not enjoy childhood freedoms.
The state came highly recommended by a trusted friend, so we took a chance.
It paid off.
To make a long story short, I fell in love with the state and the people. Montana is nearly as large as California geographically (147,164 square miles to 163,696, for those keeping track), with 38 times the number of people (Montana has approximately 1 million – you do the math).
To live here for any length of time you have to be willing to let it infuse you, to accept it without trying to make it into somewhere else, appreciate the few times of extreme cold and occasional inconveniences – it’s the price to be paid for the opportunity to have wildlife, the rich history and breathtaking scenic beauty right outside your door.
Montana – More Than a Setting
Montana stretches wide, the big sky overhead more than a tag line. Here your imagination can run free, encouraged by the interplay of past heritage and future aspirations. As a writer, I find myself continually inspired by the possibilities and intrigued by the people.
In addition, studies show that viewing nature can reduce stress and improve well-being. If I didn’t have the proximity to such a landscape, my life and writing would be entirely different.
For me, Montana isn’t simply a setting, it’s an important thread in the tapestry of my stories and books – both fiction and nonfiction – and an endless catalyst for new ideas.