My 5 Quick Influential Authors

Good morning. It is hard to believe that it is already Thursday. I am sitting here with my steamy cup of coffee as I reflect who influenced me to be the writer that I am today.

Growing up in the household that I did, my escape was through books. When I was ten and staying with my aunt for a summer, her next door neighbor gifted a cardboard box packed through of Romance novels, and although some of their stories stuck with me, I cannot say that they influenced me in the way that these five authors do.


Five Authors Who Inspired Me to Be the Writer That I Am.

Brent Weeks

 I first came across Brent Weeks’s writing when I was going through my dark fantasy phase (which I never left as I am a dark fantasy author myself) and on the official Witcher, a dark fantasy video game, forums.

I initially picked the Night Angel series up because the covers reminded me of Assassin’s Creed. However, I was soon thrust into the dark world of Midcyru. Weeks’ words etch a terror-inducing world as you read.

Nora Roberts

I came across Nora Roberts’s work late in life. I have read Romantic Suspense before, but as I write this, I cannot think of any off the top of my head.

Nora Roberts has so many novels that I have read that I forget the very first one. She is one of those authors that I pick up the newest book when it is released–and I might preorder it too.

I found her writing to be a breath of fresh air from a genre that is often oversaturated.

William Shakespeare

 I find that there are always two groups of people when I talk about William Shakespeare: the ones who love his work and the ones who loathe it. I happen to be a large Shakespearean fan, having read most of his works.

His tragedies have had a direct impact on my writing. A reader may not see it in my two debut novels; however, I believe that the reader will see it in the Arch Angel series, as well as the Valhalla series. As for society as a whole, as soon as a characters’ name is invoked, the public recognizes that character’s trait. After all, isn’t a “Romeo” a persistent

As for society as a whole, as soon as a characters’ name is invoked, the public recognizes that character and their traits immediately. After all, isn’t a “Romeo” a persistent romancer?

Stephen King

If Shakespeare influenced my characters’ character traits, then I would say that Stephen King influenced my writing style. There were many times that I would go to my bedroom and read, losing myself in terror and sometimes nausea-inducing worlds that Stephen King created.

The first book that I read from Stephen King was It. It was during this book that I first thought that I wanted to write Horror, yet as my writing progressed, I found the Dark Fantasy (and Romantic Suspense) genre.

J.R.R Tolkien

 For me, it is no surprise that J.R.R. Tolkien is the first on this list. I remember reading the Hobbit in elementary school and thinking I want to be an author. It was after I read the Hobbit that I penned my first novel-length story–which was horrid.

As I grew older, I fell in love with the lesser known tales that Tolkien wrote. Still, every fantastic story shaped my writing content: description, action, and even tragedy.

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Larue Lydia
Lydia lives in New York with her husband, a dark fantasy novelist, as well as their daughter. They are regular contributors to several charities, including the rescue of exotic cats from abuse.

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