What Books Inspire Writers? The third and final installment . . .
But first, I interrupt this blog to say I’ve had a wonderful response to my “10 Questions” Interviews . . . and you should see the ones I have lined up!
I’ve also had more than one person ask why *I* don’t answer the questions, too. Uh, because it’s easier making up the questions than trying to figure out the answers!
Hmmm, that’s not a very good excuse, is it?
So, I’m going to answer a few of my own questions. Then, I need your help. Scan through the past interviews, pick out the ones you’d like me to answer, then post them in the COMMENT section. Or, write your own question! How’s that for putting myself on the spot?
These questions are from Mary Byer’s interview (with my answers). You have to scan down to see Mary’s answers!
Tricia: Italian or Mexican?
Tricia: I love Italian food, all the sauces and cheese and pasta. Yum! BUT I’m a chica at heart. My grandmother is full-blooded Mexican. Her parents moved to the US from Mexico right before she was born. She even lived in a boxcar growing up! I was raised on tortillas, enchiladas, tostadas . . . yum. It’s still the food I crave most. In fact, looking back at this week, I did a lot of craving! Taco Soup Saturday, Tostadas on Sunday, taco salad and tortilla soup on Wednesday, soft tacos last night . . . all homemade, of course! My dinners usually have more variety. But I have fresh pico de galleo that calls to me every time I enter the kitchen.
Tricia: What is the last book you checked out from the library?
Tricia: How about the last twenty? I check the books out three-doubled-plastic-bags full. (You think I’m joking!) But here is a short list, showing the variety of the books I’m working on this fall. Yes, they’re all for research, except for Dale’s book, that I’ve heard wonderful things about!
Perfectly Secret: The Hidden Lives of Teen Girls, Susan Musgrave
Teen Idol, Meg Cabot
Screenwriting for Dummies (for book research, not because I’m writing a screenplay!)
Levi’s Will, Dale Cramer
White Stallion of Lipizza, Marguerite Henry
Animals in War, Jilly Cooper
The Spy Wore Red, by Aline, Countess of Romanones (one of my all-time favorite reads!)
The Life and Death of a Spanish Town, Elliot Paul
Now, the final installment of Books that Inspire Writers:
Christopher Paolini is a new talent on the scene and his word choice and sensory images set me to drooling! His genre is fantasy and I felt drawn to buy his books “Eragon” and “Eldest”. The third book in the Inheritance triology is still being written.
My genre is mystery. I read a story in an Ellery Queen magazine about 30 years ago and I still remember it. It was different. It had a unique twist. It was done in first person and was told from a man’s POV. He had rigged his wife’s typewriter to explode and kill her when she hit a certain letter. As he is telling the story that letter is missing from the words, but it does not hinder the meaning of the words in the least. He is telling why he is going to kill her and how he’ll get away with it, et al. The story ends in mid-sentence because in his excitement to get the story down, he forgets and hits that deadly key. I absolutely detest mysteries where I can guess the ending before I even finish the first chapter! I want to write mysteries with creative and fresh words and sensory images, and with fresh plot twists to keep my readers reading until the last word of the last sentence!
All of yours inspire me, Tricia. They make me think. Especially Arms of Deliverance. I love deep conflict and WWII era fiction. I also found Redeeming Love very inspiring as well as Vienna Prelude by the Thoenes. They are what got me loving Christian fiction. Lost in the story and blessed by the message?
During the last few years it’s been books like Rekindled by Tamela Alexander, Kissing Adrien and Chateau of Echos by Siri Mitchell, Coldwater Revival by Nancy Jo Jenkins, Dying to Decorate by Cyndy Salzmann, Wishing on Dandelions by Mary DeMuth, Never Broken by Kathleen Fuller, the Matthews and Matthews mystery series and Emma Jean Reborn by Kathi Macias.
Crystal Lies and Fools Gold by Melody Carlson, Son of Perdition by Louise Gouge, The Heaven’s Before by Kacy Gramckow, The Victory Club by Robin Lee Hatcher, A Girl’s Best Friend by Kristin Billerbeck, Native Son by J.M. Hochstetler, Color of the Soul by Tracey Bateman, The Lady and the Cad by Tamela Hancock Murray, Remember, Fame, and A Thousand Tomorrows by Karen Kingsbury, The Surrogate by Kathryn Mackel, Thorn in my Heart and Whence Came a Prince by Liz Higgs, and Everything’s Coming up Josey by Susan May Warren.