My first Author to guest blog for me Mr Alan Black. Author, friend and pretty great guy. I definitely recommend seeing if any of his books catch your interest.
Influences on an author
My earliest influences as an author were all of the young adult classics written by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stephenson, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Alexandre Dumas. They all taught me the benefit of action, character, and storytelling…some in odd ways, more so than the others. I was also deeply influenced by the back of cereal boxes, the Kansas City Star’s twice daily newspaper, and most notoriously, The TV Guide.
Then came that weird, wonderful, and totally magical day. While in the seventh grade, browsing through the school library bookshelves, (obviously avoiding doing my math homework) I picked up a copy of Robert Heinlein’s “Tunnel in the Sky”. Amazing! I was simply overwhelmed by the possibilities of worlds beyond ours. Science fiction! Who knew such a thing existed! And on that day, I also picked up a western by Louis L’amour. “Sackett” stunned me. I loved westerns on television…who didn’t at that time? After all we were in the midst of classic western television in the mid-sixties. But this—this was more than television. This was a whole world—one I already loved—given to me on paper, running fast from word to word through my brain without commercial interruption and without my brother trying to sit on my face to fart during Bonanza commercials. Who knew such a thing was possible!
Many people say that these writers, Heinlein and L‘amour wrote in divergent genres, but I heartily and sometimes, not so respectfully, disagree. Science fiction and westerns are separated only by time and location. They are (or were) simple melodramas of good versus evil. This may have changed some in the past few years as new and exciting authors join us in scifi and the wild, wild west.
Who influences my writing these days? Readers do more than writers. What do you like? What are you reading now? I enjoy reading a wide variety of independently published authors, as their creativity and ingenuity is often far outside of the box of what a traditionally published author can offer. Today’s writers can cater to a more sophisticated audience, given well-defined nuanced characters and intricate stories, yet I find that most readers still enjoy that simple entertaining story of good versus bad. And here’s to hoping that the good guy still wins.
is a multi-genre author who’s never met a good story he didn’t want to tell.
Quest for the White Wind,