Monday, May 4, 2009

I Heart Romance

I'm on a big Nora Roberts kick right now. A year ago, I would've scoffed at reading her books. She was a *gasp* romance writer. And I was a sci-fi/fantasy reader who threw in the occasional thriller.

Then my mother gave me a book she'd bought for a plane ride.That's right, a Nora Robert's book. Since I cannot exist without my nose in a book and I'd just finished reading Ender's Game for the third time last year, I decided to give it a skeptical try. Then fell in love with the plotting, the characters, the emotions. And well, I'm now reading my way through her entire work.

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Now I'm writing/editing a paranormal romance. Something that fits both of my reading passions- fantasy and romance. I'm certain my novel would be drastically different if I hadn't agreed to read that first Nora Roberts book.

What books or authors have affected your writing? How do you hope your writing will affect others once you're published?

7 comments:

beth said...

This is going to sound soooo cheesy, but....

When I was very young, I read the Chronicles of Narnia without knowing there was a deeper meaning to it. Later, when I re-read and discovered the deeper meaning, it blew my mind that a story could work on two levels! I've striven since then to do the same--

Jody Hedlund said...

I write historical fiction because I LOVE reading it! I hope that maybe someday my books will help someone else to fall in love with historical fiction too!

Windsong said...

I fell in love with Tolkien early on in life. McKinley and McKillip, along with Wrede have opened up whole new worlds for me. :D

Cindy said...

I love a little romance in my books (reading and writing). I don't read a lot of secular fiction but I've read Nora Roberts here and there. Sometimes it's hard to reconcile my beliefs with what she writes, but that aside, she's an excellent writer. Her characters seem so real and the prose just flows. As far as Christian fiction, one of my favorite authors is Dee Henderson, for the same reason. I love the mix of suspense and romance and humor. I think that's why I like to include a lot of that in the books I write.

Corey Schwartz said...

Well, I write only picture books and they tend to be rhyme-y, so I would have to say Seuss. But I do LOVE reading a lot of genres that I don't write. C.S. Lewis and Tolkien are AMAZING (since they've both been mentioned)

Tess said...

I remember reading 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond' when I was young and falling *hard* for historical fiction. It is still my favorite - and what I tend to write.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I totally love Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She makes me laughs at loud.
If I could do the same with my writing, I'd be one happy writer. :)