Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Blog Chain: So Many Authors, So Little Time

The topic for this round of the ol’ Blog Chain was chosen by our fabulous Christine Fonseca who wanted to know:

“Which author or authors have most influenced your writing and how?”

At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to answer this question. I guess because I think of it more in terms of authors who inspire me – inspire me to write better, write more, write in different ways. And the list of those incredible people is endless. So, I chose two. These two authors are the ones who inspired me to write in the first place.

Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert – this incredible woman wrote under eight different pen names, but the ones I read the most were Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy, and Philippa Carr. In fact, the books of Victoria Holt were the first novels I read. Her books have everything. She was able to blend history and romance and danger and mystery so flawlessly that I would get sucked into a story and read it cover to cover in one day. I am on a mission to own every book she ever wrote and have read the entire series of books under each of these names more times than I can count. I always keep her in mind when I write and try to aspire to include and blend the elements of my stories as seamlessly as she did.

Diana Gabaldon – again, an amazing writer whose storyworld is so expertly created, with historical elements blended so perfectly into her stories you feel like you are running through the 18th century with a bunch of Scottish highlanders. And her characters are so alive and real that I am still in love with Jamie, the Scottish chief that marries her main character, Claire, who feels like she is one of my best friends (which makes the fact that I am in love with her husband a little awkward *snort* Oh, and I swear I’m not insane, these characters just REALLY feel…well, REAL) :D

It’s been 2 years since I’ve reread the Outlander series and I still think about her world and characters on at least a weekly basis. Because of her, I aspire to create characters and settings that stay with my readers long after they’ve read my books.

Other authors who make me want to hang up my pen and inspire me to pick it up and use it better include Suzanne Collins, Charlaine Harris, Scott Westerfield, Orson Scott Card, Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephanie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, and many, many more.

Be sure to check out Shannon's answer from yesterday, and swing by Amanda's blog tomorrow to find out who influences her!

So tell me, who influences and/or inspires you? Why?


Lisa Amowitz said...

Number one has got to be Suzanne Collins. I always read passages from the Hunger Games to spur me on.

Libba Bray--my love!

Scott Westerfeld--I'm not worthy! (I met him and he is a NICE, NICE guy).

Anne Spollen--not very well known, but should be.

my crit-mate Cyndy Henzel who is amazing as both an editor and writer and I will not believe the universe to be properly in balance until some publisher realizes this.

Christine Fonseca said...

Nice answer! I love this list of authors we have managed to create!

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I never knew Plaidy/Holt/Carr's real name before! I read a lot of her books as a teenager. Thanks for sharing this!

Carolyn V. said...

Great authors Michelle! I haven't read some of them, I'll have to check them out.

I started writing after reading Twillight (I know...) But I though, Hey! I can do that too! So here I am. =)

nomadshan said...

Jean Plaidy - discovered her when I was reading books about the Tudors. Crazy prolific.

Cole Gibsen said...

I am so with you on the Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton. I am dying DYING in anticipation for the next season of True Blood to start already!

Anonymous said...

Great list! Diana Gabaldon, Libba Bray, yes, yes, yes!!!! :D

Sarah Bromley said...

Great list! I love Laurell K. Hamilton. She was really funny when I saw her on a panel at Archon last fall and then very kind to hang out for a bit to answer questions and talk to those of us who came to hear her speak. Learned a lot from her.

Eric said...

This is an interesting question. I'm learning about so many authors I've never heard about but (obviously) need to read. Nice job, Michelle.

B.J. Anderson said...

Awesome list!! There's a lot of authors here that I've heard so much about but never read. I need to get on that.

Shaun Hutchinson said...

JK Rowling makes me want to hang up my pen sometimes. There's something so brutally real about her story. Like if I look hard enough I really will find witches and wizards living among us.

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Oooh excellent choices here! I had no idea Victoria Holt wrote under so many names!