I went to my library of books and pulled all the ones out that I thought shaped me as a writer in general. These are ones by certain authors, which I am sure, my subconcious mind draws upon when I write my own stories and poems.
The authors range from Ray Bradbury, Robert E. Howard, Julian May, Anne Rice, Magaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, Stephen King, Fritz Leiber, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, J.K. Rowling, J.D. Salinger, Brandon Sanderson,Harry Harrison, Ayn Rand, Fred Saberhagen.
I also snuck in a picture of a Comic book as well because I have been reading those ever since I can remember, so how can they not have shaped how I write on a daily basis?
Let me know what books and authors have shaped you as a writer or even if you are reader of many books in general.
I have read much Fantasy ranging from low to high, Conan The Barbarian anyone? And ‘The Wheel of Time’ – an EPIC Series by Robert Jordan. Oh, and don’t get me started on the wonderful series of J.K. Rowling’s – Harry Potter. And there are so many more fantasy writers that drive me.
How about the beautiful poignant literary novels such as Ayn Rand’s – “The Fountainhead” , “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel, J.D. Salinger’s – “Catcher in the Rye”, or Cervante’s – “Don Quixote”
Are you a science fiction fan? How about Isaac Asimov’s – “Foundation Series”, L. Ron. Hubbard’s – “Battlefield Earth”, or Harry Harrison’s – “Stainless Steel Rat”.
Fancy some Horror?…. Stephen King, Anne Rice (even Ray Bradbury dabbled in it a little) ?
And lastly Comics…..Spiderman, X-men, Daredevil, Avengers, Hulk, X-force,Thor, Teen Titans, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and the list goes on…:)
I am discovering new ones as I speak. To me that’s the most fun part of reading…finding that new favorite author.
What do you read…and what are your favorite stories?