As far as influences go, I’ve always had a soft spot for the coolness factor. Meaning, stories of such imaginative brilliance I only wish I could hold a candle to, stories that call to me and teleport me to another dimension. J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings did that for me early on, and still do as far as world-building goes, except now I find his writing dry and heavy. Terry Goodkind’s early Sword of Truth books also fulfilled my need for good stories, and I will always have a fond memory of reading Wizard’s First Rule.
The last five years (or so) I’ve been re-discovering the joy of reading after a long spell of not reading much at all. I read Ursula K. LeGuin for her skill with prose and narrative. I enjoy Jim Butcher, Mercedes Lackey, Steven Brust, and Simon R. Green for the worlds they evoke in their novels and the people who live in those worlds. I love Elizabeth Bear for her quirky style and her courageous yet broken characters. I’m also reading, off and on, George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, Gregory Frost, and more than I can name.
This blog post was influenced by the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour topic for the month of April. To read more similarly influenced essays written by the folks of Forward Motion, be sure to check out the MGR home page.