Influences and favourites are a strange thing, they change as you grow, and their presence creeps in sometimes when you least expect it. I think this is especially true of writers. Here are some of my changing influences, and my favourite authors.
Like Sharon, I loved animal stories when I was young, and read stories by authors like Albert Payson Terhune, Wilson Rawls, and Jim Kjelgaard. As I grew older I started reading mysteries (upgrading from the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books). My favourite authors were British, writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margery Allingham. Although somehow, Robert Parker’s Spenser novels crept in among the British women, I guess to keep things lively.
Then I threw in fantasy and sci-fi, books like Dune by Frank Herbert, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, The Sword Dancer by Jennifer Roberson, short stories by Ray Bradbury, and comic books, where I started my obsession with Neil Gaiman.
And just for fun, I mixed it now and then with some classic literature, reading Jane Austen, Dickens and Shakespeare when the mood hit.
Here’s a list of some of the books I’ve found most memorable:
- Possession by A. S. Byatt
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Sandman (a graphic novel) by Neil Gaiman
- Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion by Morgan Llywelyn
- The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
And I can’t do a post about favourites and influences without mention the short story, All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury. That tale by far has had the most impact on me as a writer.
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