Behind the Story: "Amelia: The Mouse Who Wanted to Fly"

by Ryan Johnson September 18, 2018

Today, I want to share with you the story-behind-the-story of one of the most popular tracks in my new Wonder Stories collection.

I'm talking about "Amelia, the Mouse Who Wanted to Fly".

Click here to listen to "Amelia, the Mouse Who Wanted to Fly"

Amelia is a plucky young mouse with a big dream: to fly through the sky. Not easy for a mouse living a humble life on the forest floor. Thankfully, Amelia is equally resourceful, creative and determined.

Behind the Story: "Amelia, the Mouse Who Wanted to Fly"

The idea for Amelia came on a camping trip up the Clackamas River in Oregon. My wife, daughter and I had enjoyed a day in the forest, by the river, and were driving back to town.

My daughter asked for a story, and I improvised one about a mouse family who were forced to make a dramatic river crossing. They made it, as well as enjoyed a surprise river rafting experience.

The story was a hit with my daughter, and I really liked the main character -- a resourceful and forthright young mouse named Amelia. So I gave her a bigger challenge: learning to fly.

Like Amelia, I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to get a mouse to fly. I knew I didn't want to use magic. No fairy dust. I wanted this to be a practical challenge, even if an aeronautical engineer might squabble with my solutions.

I let this question percolate for a few days, then tested it as a bedtime story for my daughter. 

When you're telling a story, you can usually tell if you have a hit. The listener gets quiet, pays close attention, laughs at all the bright spots and leans in at all the tense moments. "Amelia" was an instant hit, and I knew it had to go into my first collection.

I hope you enjoy it, too.

If you haven't already grabbed your copy of the Wonder Stories collection, you can get it here. You'll get to meet Amelia and discover how she learned to fly.

Thank you for listening!


Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson


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