I have been a writer for many years, having authored several short stories, a few trunk (junk) novels, and my first novel to see the light of the world, The Perfect Tree. I’ve found inspiration in everything from local lure in my home town to a particular flavor of jelly bean.
I grew up in a very small town where hard labor jobs were a practicality expected of youths. Luckily, I had a puzzle-piece family who always encouraged my more creative endeavors–drawing, painting, writing, etc. Without them, I would surely be a mechanic, coal miner, or some such, like so many great men and women who saw that I was raised properly.
I was fortunate enough to become the first member of my family to attend college and obtain a degree. For that, I am so thankful!
I wish religion and science would hold hands, skip, and get along–or at the very least agree to disagree.
Top 5 Novels that have Inspired Me to Write
Bag of Bones, by Stephen King — I read this novel when I was around 15 years old and was truly captivated. It was the first full-length book I honestly couldn’t put down. While reading this, it dawned on me that I had to be a writer, to captivate as I had been captivated.
To Kill a Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee — In my humble opinion, easily the best American novel in existence.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury — My first brush with dystopian fiction, this book was unlike anything I had ever read. I even find the story of how Bradbury wrote this novel inspiring.
Invitation to the Game, by Monica Hughes — I have no idea how I would feel about this novel today, but when I read it for my 7th-grade English class I loved it!
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson — Shirley Jackson is possibly my favorite author. I’ve never read anything by her I didn’t enjoy–she is simply unique, a quality that grows more scarce with each YA vampire novel that is published. Castle is my favorite of Jackson’s works. It begins so quirky and fun, and never lets up. Plus, the narrator is adorably unreliable.
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I have a B.A. in English, which taught me the nuts and bolts of writing. However, I feel that I learned the most important parts in my own home curled up with a good (or bad) book or relentlessly writing good (or bad) tales. I am proud to be a part of the Content and Social Media team at Consultwebs.com, the top internet law firm marketing company in the U.S.