Happy Birthday, Mark Twain

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. -Mark Twain

Mark Twain was born 176 years ago today. He died in 1910, long before I was born. Yet his writings live on and have inspired many. Including myself. I still remember reading the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a child. The imagination, the adventure, the excitement in one book. I read it again in high school as a class requirement and found the story more meaningful, and followed closely the themes of freedom and morality. The numerous controversies surrounding the novel made it so much more exciting. 

The novel made me interested in Mark Twain’s writings, and I read anything I could get my hands on. It also made me start writing myself. I’m always searching for the same excitement and meaning that Mark Twain produced, seemingly effortlessly, in his novels and short stories. 

I plan to re-read Huck Finn this winter as well as his biography. The man was so interesting and left us with some great words. (Also, check out the Google page today in honor of Mark Twain.)

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.


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