|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:
- Mary Stewart (I can’t count the times I read The Ivy Tree, My Brother Michael and The Hollow Hills.)
- Jules Verne (Captain Nemo!)
- Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan. Need I say more?)
- J.R.R. Tolkien (My literary hero!)
- C.S. Lewis (I read the Chronicles of Narnia to my class every year.)
- 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?)
- Gordon R. Dickson (Dorsai!)
- Zenna Henderson (Her The People: No Different Flesh fascinated me)
- 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.)
- Louis L’Amour (Oh, the Sacketts. I love a cowboy!)
- Roger Zelazny (This Immortal, Damnation Alley, Doorways in the Sand, The Chronicles of Amber . . .)
- Charles Kingsley (Written in 1862-1863 The Water-babies is very old-fashioned, but made a deep impression on me as a child.)
- Henry Gilbert (Robin Hood)
Who influenced you to become a writer?