Former Dells teacher discusses process of writing latest book

A book over 30 years in the making by a Dells author tells a gripping of survival on a faraway island. Amy Laundrie, the author of 11 books and a former in the School District of Wisconsin Dells who writes columns for the Wisconsin Dells Events, published “Stranded on Castaway Island” in 2022 after putting together the book over the course of three-plus decades. A first-person narrative, the book tells the story of two 14-year-old girls stranded on an island near Nova Scotia following a shipwreck. She was initially inspired by a National Geographic article in 1965 telling the story of a skeleton discovered by a resident on Sable Island in Canada following a wind storm. “Along with the body, he found some old British coins dated 1760, half a dozen lead musket balls, and a shoe buckle,” said Laundrie in an email. “After that paragraph, my imagination went wild.” The two girls in “Stranded on Castaway Island”, former best friends Annie and Mirra, also discover a boy's skeleton on the remote island, which they initially believe is inhabited only by wild horses. They later discover warm embers and abnormal footprints, to Laundries's website. A release announcing the book indicates they also determined a “mysterious figure” is watching them on the island. “This is one of those books that when you finish reading a page you can't wait to see what's on the next one,” said Jerry Apps, a Wisconsin author and rural historian, in […]

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