Some authors really inspire me..
They inspire me to write, but also…to just be marvellous. Their books make my braincells explode with the inspiration of the century and just, um, excuse me while I flail dramatically forever. Authors are my heroes.
Some authors inspire me extraordinary amounts. I literally slam their books shut and think, “I would sell my left ankle to write like that.”
So WHO exactly inspires you, Cait?!
Oh goodie. I’m so pleased you asked, my flammable friends. Because I have a glorious list of authors who’ve inspired me marvellous amounts.
Of course she’s at the top of the list. (And WAIT! Before you roll your eyes at me, I do promise I don’t spend 89% of my blogging paying hommage to Maggie Stiefvater. I blog about other stuff too…like…um…other stuff.)
She is my ultimate authorly hero and inspires me with every. single. book she ever writes. (I have read them all by the way. Yup. I’m that kind of fan.) I want to write beautiful characters and stupendous friendships and rich settings. I want to write out-of-the-box. I want to be a fierce artist.
Naturally the creator of the infamous moth, Morpheus, inspires me. Basically to write creepily and lavishly. AG Howard’s worlds are completely INSANE. So yes, she did a retelling of Alice in Wonderland so of course everyone in there is a little nuts, but she let her characters bleed. I admire this.
She is also the nicest person online. If I ever become a professional author, I want to be like AG Howard when I’m on twitter and talking to people. She loves her fans. SHE IS SO NICE.
Ultimately this author got me into writing present tense. Actually, let’s see what else we can blame on Suzanne Collins, eh?
- Got me addicted to my first trilogy
- Made me try present tense (which I love and haven’t stopped in 3 years of writing)
- Had me fall in love with sparse description and short, jaggy sentences
- Made me realise villains need to be complicated
- Made me read 489205 YA books afterwards
Basically The Hunger Games was my first “WOAH THIS IS WHAT READING IS ABOUT” moment. I was addicted to YA after this.
I haven’t always loved paranormal. How weird is that?! Picture a time where I wore fluorescent gumboots and only read Historical Fiction. (I don’t regret those days at all, though the gumboots were actually too small and hurt but I would not give them up.) When I discovered paranormal, the world basically pulled out trumpets and blasted, “ALERT! ALERT! CAIT HAS FOUND HER NICHE!”
I love psycho angels and weird faeries and vegetarian vampires and lonely monsters and kind werewolves. I LOVE IT ALL. When I read Cassandra Clare’s 6 book series on Shadowhunters, my little heart kind of broke because I realised, “I want to write something epic and long and complex like this too, someday.”
This is a very very new addition to my WOAH THESE AUTHORS ROCK list. (It’s a real list, believe me. I have sticky notes to prove it.) I read I’ll Give You the Sun and it kind of did something to my soul. Basically smacked me in the face and said “GO ART! GO BE AMAZING! RULE THE WORLD!” Reading Jandy Nelson’s work made me want to write incredibly poignant stories. It made me drunk on art.
I never thought you could write art. But you can.
Basically she mixed my favourite things, crimey thriller and paranormal, and ‘scuse me, but I need to read every Holly Black book ever written (I’ve read 9 so far, okay?! I’m working on this!) She writes in 3rd person a lot and I love this. I always thought 3rd person made the reader detached to the characters, but nope. I can wholeheartedly assure you I was 100% invested in The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Coldest Girl in Downtown.
(Also her titles are epic. Also she writes freaky faeries. Also psychotic vampires.)
I used to think that “good fantasy” meant it had to rub elbows with Tolkien’s style. Long, complex sentences, and soliloquies, and two thousand plot lines. (Help.) I used to be a 99% fantasy-writer and I quit because HOW CAN I DO WHAT TOLKIEN DID AND BE FAMOUS? Well. Sarah J Maas writes the best fantasy I have ever read. And it’s funny and brisk and there’s beautiful clothes and chocolate and it’s nothing at all like Tolkien.
I’m not saying Tolkien is bad! I’m saying THERE ARE MORE OPTIONS! A person can write fantasy any way they want. So thank you, Sarah J Maas. (Although also, she kind of ruined me because her writing is the best and it’s torture to wait between books.)
I think I’ve read, um…11 of his books. (This is coming from the girl who never ever finishes series.)THIS IS A LOT! You might consider me addicted. And I will raise my hand and confess: it is true. I will read anything this dude writes. Why? I love his style. I love that he’s not afraid to handle copious amounts of characters (and succeeds!) and how he writes weird and wacky and creepy things (another of my ultimate ambitions) and how he not only hurts his characters, HE DESTROYS THEM. His writing is perfect.
LAST! I promise! I won’t list all my most inspiring authors forever. When I read Half Bad last year, I had a small oxygen deficiency because she wrote in a similar style and about a similar topic to me. I FELT CONNECTED. It was like someone, who wrote 1000x better than me, taking my deepest ideas and pulling it off with perfection. (Yeah, I might’ve been slightly jealous…but I’m too busy flailing and fangirling now.)
There are other authors I love an insurmountable amount, like Elizabeth Wein, Markus Zusak, Pierce Brown, Neil Gaiman, John Green, Marissa Meyer, Patrick Ness, Matthew Quick, and Veronica Roth. I want to talk about them all but I WILL REFRAIN.
These authors inspire me to write and art and be fabulous. I don’t want to copy them. I want to be inspired by them.
so, my blue blogglings, who inspires you?! which authors speak to your writing soul? and if you’re not a writer…which authors leave you clutching a book and wanting to do something amazing?? and while we’re talking about inspiring heroes…ASIDE FROM AUTHORS…who inspires you??
Cait has a lot of favourites, but PLEASE, she can’t be expected to make awfully tough decisions like picking between epic heroes. Just…no. She can be expected, however, to be thinking about chocolate. Editing writing = needing chocolate. Currently she’s reading ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter.