“I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.” –C.S. LEWIS
My dad got me hooked to books–reading to me most nights, always doing the voices! I learned to read early–before I entered Kindergarten–and haven’t stopped. I’ve read thousands of books. Some good, bad, ugly…some GREAT and life-changing.
- I love EVERYTHING by Jane Austen–the quirky people and dialogue and actions have really influenced my fiction writing. I love snappy, quick, dialogue. Zinger!
- Love YA fantasy. (Favorite authors include: Brodi Ashton, Marissa Meyer, Robin LaFevers, Jenny B. Jones, Kasie West…)
- Terry Brooks and the Shannara series (which is one of the first books I remember my dad reading to me), Chronicles of Narnia, and Lord of the Rings have influenced my love of fantasy.
So, which book or books are you a product of?