Ok – For those of you who have followed me for my long and distinguished blogging career (all 30+ days of it), you may be wondering why I’m all of a sudden talking about things other than my writing or kids. It’s because I’m participating in the NaBloPoMo, and the writing prompts for this month are about Fiction. This is outside my comfort zone, since I’m best at writing about sub-suburban life, unruly children plotting my overthrow, and my memoir manuscript.
I decided this would be a good stretch for me. And now I have to admit that I haven’t read something in a long time. I’d like to blame the kids, but it’s actually USA network’s fault. Too many shows I enjoy. Darned USA. Of course, I have no culpability in this. I feel like my writing is going to be kind of thin this month, but we’ll see. I might surprise myself.
So…today’s prompt: favorite author. Fortunately, I don’t have just one. We’ll start in chronological order.
You remember Diana Wynne Jones from yesterday? Yeah, she’s the first author I remember as a favorite. I love how she creates everyday magic that seems possible. Probable. Very likely to exist. The two books I enjoy most for this are Archer’s Goon and Fire and Hemlock.
I also like her twisty-turny plots. Howl’s Moving Castle was a good one for that.
Another favorite author: JK Rowling. Yes, I know. Cliche. But seriously, the imagination to create the wizarding world, let alone the plots just blows me away. Details like candy, sports, banking and political systems – this amazes me. Even before I wanted to write, I recognized that the breadth of her imagination was staggering.
Moving on – Robin Hobb.
I stumbled upon her when I was checking out a book in the library when we lived in England. The first set of books I read from her was the Farseer Trilogy. I almost got bogged down in the first book because of all of the political intricacies and intrigues, but I didn’t give up and my patience was rewarded in the next two books. Her attention to detail is different than Rowling’s in that it lies in her ability to create intricate political/social systems in her worlds. She is a fantasy writer and has written at least 5 trilogies (that I know of) set in 2 different worlds. The thing that sticks with me about her writing is that there is no happily ever after. There’s a “and they lived on” ending for the characters, but it’s not tied up in a pretty package with a big bow and smiles for everyone. I long for her characters to have one of those beautiful endings, but alas, not meant to be.
Those are the three I can think of off the top of my head. Honestly, those are the only three I can think of right now. Is that shameful or what?