Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen – I Can Blame Them For This

My mom pretty much let me have free run when we went to the library (at least it seems so, looking back in time) and the adult side of the library was so much more fascinating. We’d come home with armloads of books.

So, thirteen authors, among many others, whose books I devoured when I was young and can probably blame thank for my being a writer today:

  1. Mary Stewart (I can’t count the times I read The Ivy Tree, My Brother Michael and The Hollow Hills.)
  2. Jules Verne (Captain Nemo!)
  3. Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan. Need I say more?)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien (My literary hero!)
  5. C.S. Lewis (I read the Chronicles of Narnia to my class every year.)
  6. John D. MacDonald (Ahhh, Travis McGee, my next literary crush after Tarzan – “Non-conformist, boat bum, and knight in slightly-tarnished armor.” What’s not to love?)
  7. Gordon R. Dickson (Dorsai!)
  8. Zenna Henderson (Her The People: No Different Flesh fascinated me)
  9. James A. Michener (The historical depth to his novels is awe-inspiring. However, I have promised my mom not to begin with the geological history of my worlds.)
  10. Louis L’Amour (Oh, the Sacketts. I love a cowboy!)
  11. Roger Zelazny (This Immortal, Damnation Alley, Doorways in the Sand, The Chronicles of Amber . . .)
  12. Charles Kingsley (Written in 1862-1863 The Water-babies is very old-fashioned, but made a deep impression on me as a child.)
  13. Henry Gilbert (Robin Hood)

Who influenced you to become a writer?




13 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen – I Can Blame Them For This”

  1. Yay to Louis L’Amour!At one point in time, I lived across the road from a small town library. I’d go down the aisle and find the author with the most books out. I’d start at the first and read right through to the end before moving on to the next one. Thanks for stirring up a great memory. Happy T13!

  2. I didn’t read Tolkien and Zelazny. I devoured them.
    This brings back memories for me as well. I definitely preferred to roam the grown-up books instead of the kid books. 🙂

    Happy Thursday!

  3. Great post! Hmm, let me see…well, Anne McCaffrey for one. Her Pern series really drew me into the fantasy genre. H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Alan Poe. Two of my horror favs. Elmore Leonard. His novels are cool and his writing is fun. Really too many to list when I think about it. Basically everything I’ve ever read inspired me to write. lol

    Cora’s got us covered this Thursday at the MMC with her 13 Favorite Movie Heroines. Stop by if you get a chance and see if you agree.

  4. Wow. Great list. I’d agree completely with Mary Stewart. Also, Jean M. Auel’s books fascinated me. The whole incorporation of every detail of stone-aged life was engrossing to me. Similarly, Roberta Gellis incorporated so much history into her books that, even if she didn’t influence me to write, she clearly influenced my historian tendencies.

  5. I’ve only read a few of these books/authors, but what a great list. I used to carry books home from the library or bookmobile by the armload, so honestly cannot say who influenced me the most. I’d say Jocelyn Riley was probably a big impact, if not for her YA books (Only My Mouth is Smiling, Crazy Quilt), then for her involvement with young writers in my HS and school district in general.

  6. English writer, Enid Blyton grabbed me as a kid with her magical stories about all sorts of magical creatures and also her Famous Five and Secret Seven mysteries. Great list. I also read quite a few Zane Grey westerns.

  7. Oh, I think I’ve read most of those too. Who influenced me? Um, I have to say Mary Stewart’s Touch Not the Cat, J.R.R. Tolkien Middle Earth, C.S. Lewis Narnia, and Anne McCafferty Dragon Riders of Pern series.

    Happy TT.

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