Welcome Wednesdays – Influences

Welcome Wednesdays – Influences

Welcome to this week’s edition of Welcome Wednesdays!  I hope y’all are finding new authors to read, and new readers for your books with these weekly questions.

Today, let’s talk about influences.  Tell us about a book, author – or something else – that was/is a big influence on one of your books.  This could be something you recognized after the fact – on rereading, you realize that you obviously had something specific on the brain as you were writing the book.

When you tell us about your influence, be sure to tell us a little about the book, to.  And make sure to  leave a link so we can learn more about it!

I’ll begin!  One particular character in the Dream Series was heavily influenced by the TV series “Gilmore Girls.”  Sara’s mother-in-law, Helen Alderson, is very clearly modelled on Emily Gilmore, the mother of Lorelei Gilmore.  The thing is, I didn’t realize where I was drawing Helen from until almost the end of book three of the series, DREAM CHILD.  I think it was the scene near the end, when Helen conscripts Sara to help her prepare for a visit from her eldest son, who’s been living in Germany for the past decade.  I realized then exactly where Helen’s character had come from.

And now it’s your turn!

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3 Replies to “Welcome Wednesdays – Influences”

  1. My newest book, EAT A RHODODENDRON SOUFFLE, was inspired by all the great compilations I’ve read. Stories from Poe and King and HP Lovecraft and George RR Martin and Jack London all had an influence on this work but none as much as Ray Bradbury. He is, was and ever shall be one of the greats.

  2. My current fantasy series, HE WHO FINDS MERCY, has some elements inspired by the several Deryni fantasies by Katherine Kurtz, namely her detailed world-building in a pseudo-medieval world. The biggest difference is Kurtz has no dragons, and they are integral to my world, but not at all like Anne McCaffrey’s dragons (the burrowing dragons are the closest I get to her fire lizards, which isn’t very close).

  3. The writing style in my Titus Ray Thriller series has been greatly influenced by the Quiller espionage thrillers written by Adam Hall. He wrote 19 of these spy novels from 1965 to 1996 and I read them all.

    It wasn’t until after completing by first book in the Titus Ray series, ONE NIGHT IN TEHRAN that I realized Titus’ voice (they’re written in the first person) was fashioned after Quiller.

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