This post was inspired by a post on Chic Prune’s wonderful blog.
The authors that have inspired me are varied, they range from books I read as a child, to books I have only recently discovered.
1. J.R.R. Tolkien.
I first read Lord of the Rings as a teenager, or in my early twenties, I can’t exactly remember. I know I saw the films first. I was mesmerised by them. Then I read the books, and they completely absorbed me. Th depth of the worldbuilding and the characterisations was something Id never seen before. I loved the depiction of the elves, ad the wide range of different races/species in the world.
For me, Tolkien is one of the best fantasy writers that have ever lived. I have read a few of his other books, and plan on reading those I haven’t yet. The Lord of the Rings was my first foray into fantasy that isn’t urban fantasy. I am grateful for how it opened my eyes to a wonderful world of possibilities.
2. Kelley Armstrong.
I remember reading the bitten, the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series quite a few years ago now, ad being blown away by her style of writing. It was casual, it was humorous, it felt real. Her take on werewolves, and hen later in the series, other supernatural species, gave me a lot of inspiration for my own writing.
3. Anna Sewell.
I read Black Beauty as a child and it had a real impact on me. I think it’s where my love of horses, and my strong compassion for animals started. Seeing Black Beauty’s mistreatment fro his perspective made me understand that like people, animals feel pain, they have feelings, and they deserve respect and to be treated well. The main impact it had on my writing is showing me that a story an be told from any perspective, human or not.
4. Joss Whedon.
Okay, I know, not technically an author. But there’s no way I could leave the creator, and very talented writer, of Buffy The Vampire Slayer off my list of inspirations. That show was my world in my teen years. I learned so much about storytelling from it. I learned that language isn’t static, and doesn’t always have to be perfect and formal. I learned that there are many was of telling a story. I learned that a story can incorporate so many different genres at once. It can be a melting pot of many different forms.