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Monday, August 22, 2011

Light that Spark

I’ve joined in on Christine Tyler’s—The Spark Blogfest. It’s easy and fun. Jump on over to her blog to see how you can participate.

I thought I would answer her three questions—in no particular order :)

What book made you realize you were doomed to be a writer?
I came to writing later than most. I didn’t study it in college. I didn’t have childhood dreams of writing. But I’ve always had a love affair with reading. I can’t really pinpoint one book. For me it was more of an accumulation of thousands and thousands of books, until one day I thought, “I wonder if I could write a book?”

What author set off the spark for your current WIP?
Different parts of my WIP are inspired by things I love from many authors: Lyrical LanguageShannon Hale, AdventureMadeleine Brent, SymbolismC.S. Lewis, Emotional RomanceStephenie Meyer, Surprising TwistsAgatha Christie, and then a lot of authors taught me what I didn’t ever want to do—but it’s tacky to mention them :)

Is there a book or author that changed your world view?
This has happened to me multiple times over the years but the first memory I have off this is TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. I read it fairly young 11 or 12 and I loved it. I remember thinking that I never wanted to be the kind of person who judged others.

Well there you have it :) Riveting, I know. Join in and comment below so I can check out your answers.

-Angie

23 comments:

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

I love To Kill A Mockingbird! So wonderful!

E.R. King said...

I feel the same way about C.S. Lewis and symbolism. His books are packed with it. I just can't get enough!

Abby said...

Oooh! Good answers! Those are all such good books and authors! This sparkfest is fun! Love it :)

Jolene Perry said...

LOVE to Kill a Mockingbird. Read it LOADS of times :D

Tara Tyler said...

reading good books gives you the education, researching defines the skills...oh, thats why that book is so good! i share your late blooming spark =)

Trisha said...

I really should read some Agatha Christie!

Patricia Lynne said...

You sound like me. I was never really interested in writing when I was younger. It was like I was bit by a bug or something and went with the flow.

Rachele Alpine said...

Hi Amy...I just stumbled on your blog, and I'm glad I did! I love that you have writers who sparked you in the opposite way (by showing you what you don't want to do!). It's so true...it might not even be free writing, just a way of writing that isn't for you.

Cherie Reich said...

I'm like you coming to writing later in life. I always loved reading, but I never thought I would be a writer until a couple years ago.

Great answers, and I particularly like the answer to the third question. To Kill a Mockingbird is a powerful read. I was in a play adaptation of the novel, and every night I had goose bumps from the performances and such.

kmckendry said...

I've never read Agatha Christie but I love C.S. Lewis.

Brianna said...

Like some of the other commenters, To Kill a Mockingbird is a favorite of mine. I read it when I was around 13 and it had a powerful impact on me.

Joyce Lansky said...

I started writing later in life and loved "To Kill a Mockingbird" too.

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

I didn't start writing till 2 years ago. I didn't take it in college either. I signed up for a writing group at church and I was hooked the first meeting!

The Write Soil

julie fedderson said...

I think Agatha Christie is wonderful. She was one of the first authors I picked out on my own to read when I was a teenybopper.

Damyanti said...

Great answers. I've always loved "To Kill a Mockingbird". Thanks for dropping by my blog and taking the time to comment!

Ruth Josse said...

I'm a late bloomer too. I didn't know much when I started, but everything can be learned and practiced.

Love Madeleine Brent! Golden Urchin is my favorite:)

Danyelle L. said...

Great list of authors. :) And very good places for inspiration.

Fellow campaigner stopping by to say hi! :D

cleemckenzie said...

Some stories have "legs." They last and last and last. Certainly To Kill a Mockingbird has about the sturdiest legs I've ever seen.

Thanks for stopping in to hi at the Write Game.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Hello there! So fun meeting all the fellow bloggers on the campaign! I look forward to getting to know you better through the challenges.
Edge of Your Seat Romance

M Pax said...

To Kill a Mockingbird is sublime. What a great work. It's wonderful how different works continue to spark us.

Crystal said...

It's funny you should state Stephenie Meyer as an influence - your writing story sounds a lot like hers, which is very cool. I wish you the same kind of success with your writing that she had with Twilight! :-)

Dafeenah said...

I too had a recent epiphany that "hey I CAN do that" it's funny how I have actually written my whole life but never considered myself a "writer" until recently. To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorites too. I remember watching the black and white movie after reading the book. Takes me back.

Christine Tyler said...

I love how you break down what you learned from each of these authors. Also, to Kill a Mockingbird has been showing up in a lot of posts, so I love hearing how if affected you. I read it last year, but this fest has been making me appreciate it even more :)

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