I'm back again with day eight of the month long Buccaneer Blogfest hosted by Sharon Bayliss and Courtney Young.
Before I get started, first I'd like to thank everyone who commented on Monday's post and those who checked out my post over at Arlee Bird's blog Tossing It Out. The continued support and words of encouragement are greatly appreciated.
Reading - July 25: Favorite authors and why?
Oh goodness me this is an extremely difficult questions. There are so many authors I love and admire, for so many different reasons.
Okay, here is a list of the authors who for one reason or another have impacted my life, and why (in no particular order):
J K Rowling - The Harry Potter series was what got me back into reading and writing as a late teen, and helped me through some really tough times. I also admire Rowling's humble beginnings, charitable work and how she interacts with fans.
Anne Rice - The rich history and character backstories Rice injects into her books greatly inspire my writing, and I hope one day I can create depth like she does. I also love the relationship she has with fans on social media sites.
George RR Martin - GRRM exemplifies how to write compelling, multidimensional characters who aren't outright good or evil, but shades of grey. He also has a good relationship with fans, seems like a very friendly person and does a lot of conversions/ tours.
Patrick Rothfuss - Another great fantasy writer who brings intricate plots and deep characters. And, once again, has a strong bond with fans through his blog. Plus, Rothfuss seems like a total fanboy when talking about video games and TV shows, and that amuses me greatly.
Kiersten White - A new addition to my list of favourite writers, and someone whose work I'll be talking about more for Friday's post (Recommend or review a book of choice). Once again, White shows something about compelling, relatable characters, in her writing. And, like the other authors on my list, she has a good fan relationship. White doesn't seem locked away in an ivory tower like a lot of writers, she seems approachable and fun. As I said in my interview with Aldrea Alien over at ThardrandianThoughts, with a lot of the writers mentioned above, I'd be starstruck and ramble incontinently. But with White, I feel like she's someone I could have a good old girlie chat with.
So, what makes an author a favourite of mine is someone who's work has inspired me or taught me something about writing, and who has a good relationship with their fans.