A Writer’s Role Models

All writers have one, or more, writers who have inspired them. As children, we may have read their books and fallen in love, thus fueling our desire to create stories ourselves. As teenagers, their successes or rebellions may have spurred us to make hard decision in our lives. As young adults and beyond, perhaps they simply touched our souls in a way that only happens so rarely.

We all have our own heroes and role models. For me, I remember several readers and books that touched me early on in childhood. R.L Stine was an author I read so vivaciously that I ran out of books to read, and my mom introduced me to Stephen King – “The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon” was a book I read numerous times. I loved Cynthia Voight – “Dicey’s Song” was my number one favorite for as long as I can remember. In fact, I still reread it sometimes. The Dear America series, and “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” are books I remember fondly, and from a very young age I was very obsessed with Shakespeare.

As a teenager, I moved towards fantasy and philosophy. In addition to all the classics (and I do mean all), I devoured “The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche,” and reveled in the dark works of Edgar Allen Poe. Fantasy writers like David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, JK Rowling (in my preteen years), and Raymond E. Fiest gave me hours of entertainment. They offered me brand new worlds to feast upon, to dwell in.

As an adult, I’ve found many indie authors whose work I have absolutely adored. Among these are A.D. Trosper, whose Dragon’s Call series rivals some of the very best mainstream fantasy writers – and this is coming from someone who typically doesn’t enjoy fantasy books written by women. Don’t judge me, it tends to simply be the way I connect with the style of writing. But her? I adore her writing. Oh, and there is Dennis Manor, who writes a wonderful, intriguing, inspirational book called “Troubled Fields.” May Sinclair writes a book about reincarnation called “In The Between” that absolutely fascinated me.

The Importance of Role Models

Our writing role models are incredibly important to us, simply because they have somehow influenced our writing or our desire to write. While my own style of writing may not be anything at all like my most favorite writers, they have offered me inspiration nonetheless. They have also been there for me in ways they will never know – getting me through hard times, allowing me sanity through escape, and creating for me characters which often become like best friends. These are my goals in my own writing. I want to simply offer someone what only a good story can offer them. I want to drive the young girls and young boys to write stories of their own, to continue on the traditional of storytelling with their own unique perspectives.

Conclusion & Books To Read

If you have a specific book, series, or writer who has influenced you, tell me about it in the comments below. If you know of an indie author whose work you find amazing, tell me, and I just may pick up their books and give it a shot!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few links to purchase some of my most favorite books by my most favorite authors. Although it is entirely not necessary to click on the links, or purchase the books to read, I think you’d be delightfully happy if you did. If nothing else, I’d simply like to share a little piece of those writers or books that influenced me. Enjoy!

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One (Penguin Classics)
Night of the Living Dummy (Classic Goosebumps 1)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Say Cheese and Die! (Classic Goosebumps 8)
Dicey’s Song (The Tillerman Cycle)
Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow
Dear America: A Journey to the New World
Dear America: Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems
Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad, Book 1)
Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad Book 2)
Magician’s Gambit (The Belgariad, Book 3)
Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, Book 4)
Enchanters’ End Game (The Belgariad Book 5)
Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold! (Landover)
Talon of the Silver Hawk (Conclave of Shadows, Book One)
King of Foxes (Conclave of Shadows, Book 2)
Exile’s Return (Conclave of Shadows, Book 3)
Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon’s Call Series Book 1)
Tears Of War (Dragon’s Call Series Book 2)
Ashes and Spirits: Dragon’s Call (Dragon’s Call Series Book 3)
Troubled Fields
In the Between: Reincarnation…A Novel


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