Thursday, August 30, 2012
25 authors who influence my writing
A couple of years ago, I was asked in an interview to talk about a few authors that I look up to. It wasn't too hard to name a handful, but since then I've spent some time thinking about all the wonderful authors I've read, and why I'm drawn to certain ones over others. I finally narrowed my list to the top 25 who influence my writing every time I put fingers to keyboard along with the reasons why.
• William Shakespeare because the play’s the thing
• Marion Zimmer Bradley for her version of the 'once and future king'
• Clive Cussler for creating Dirk Pitt, the Alpha hero of my dreams
• Louis L’Amour for the love of a good old fashioned western, and defining, for me, what it means to be a 'real' man and woman
• Homer for the epic stories of Greek heroes and the ultimate journey back home
• Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, and Thomas Paine for their dedication to the fight for independence
• Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for the brilliant mind of Sherlock Holmes
• Charles Dickens for the best of times and the worst of times
• Don Coldsmith for showing me the ways of the Elk Dog People
• James Michener for an epic story of my home state and for the love between McKeag and Clay Basket
• E.A. Poe because I understand what he meant: "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
• Jane Austen for the dark and brooding Mr. Darcy
• Robert Heinlein for sending my imagination soaring into the future
• Oscar Wilde for being earnest
• Mario Puzo for an offer I can’t refuse
• J.R.R. Tolkien for Samwise Gamgee
• Thomas Keneally, lest I forget that one person can, indeed, make a difference
• Alexandre Dumas for the vengeance of Edmund Dantes
• Victor Hugo because I railed against injustice and wept at the sacrifice of redemption
• Gaston Leroux for showing me what it means to be lonely
• Boris Pasternak for the pain and angst of hopeless, impossible love
• Bram Stoker for the iconic vampire
• Thomas Harris for making me root for Hannibal Lecter
• John Steinbeck for ultimate sacrifice of friendship
• But most of all, William Goldman, for the perfect story of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, and miracles
Who's on your list?
Until next time,
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