Thought I’d take some time to jot down a bit about some of the authors I’ve been reading lately. I think it is important because I’m often inspired by other authors. We write what we read?!?
Kim Harrison – WOW! She puts the para in para-normal romance. Her Hollows series really keeps you interested. It deals with deep conflicted feelings side by side with action packed butt kicking. Oh yeah, her main character wears cool-ass boots too. Rachel Morgan is someone you like and can relate to. She is far from perfect, but you always root for her. That’s the kind of characters I want to write. http://kimharrison.net/index.html
I’ve been reading a lot of para-normal romance lately and Diana Pharaoh Francis has an awesome series started. The Horngate Witches series starts out strong with “Bitter Night,” and I’m dying to read the second book, “Crimson Wind.” I’ll probably be downloading it to my Kindle later this month. What I really like is the same things that I see in Harrison’s novels; interesting, real characters doing exciting things. http://www.dianapfrancis.com/horngate-witches-books/
I read “I Am Number Four” in two days. The movie is coming out and I’m excited to see how well they did at capturing this neat story. The author is actually one of the characters in the book – very original! http://findnumberfour.com/
I’ve recently downloaded some classics to my Kindle. I’m about to start reading “The Portrait of Dorian Gray.” I’ll post what I think after I read it. The interesting thing that makes me want to post is that I feel like I don’t have enough first hand knowledge of the classics. How better to learn about the craft of writing, than to read the classics. For me, that means Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and the off-the-wall influences. I’ve read a lot; Animal Farm, Dune. But, I still have a long way to go.
I really like fast paced exciting stories that reflect life and emotions. That is what I try to write. In my upcoming e-book, I have several short stories that are action packed and touch on real life emotion, in a twisted para-normal way. One of the stories, Crystal Cage, deals with heart-break and finding ones inner strength, yeah and dealing with a crazy sorcerer. I’m hoping readers will love it.