30 Days Of Writing: Day 15

Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

Man, this was a really touch question for me to answer…at first. Not because there’s so many writers that I admire, but because there aren’t that many that I do.

No, wait, wait a minute, that didn’t come out right all.

What I mean is, I took this question seriously, so I really had to dig down deep and figure out what writer I really do admire, one who really influenced my desire to write. There are a lot of writers whose works I like, but not all of them have inspired me TO write to the level that they’ve earned my admiration.

After some hard thinking this morning, I have to say that one of the writers I admire is author Christie Golden. She writes fantasy, horror, and science fiction (wow, just like me, lol!) She’s written a ton of original works, and also has penned stories for big title like Star Wars, Star Trek, Star Craft, and War Craft.

My first introduction to Christie Golden was sometime in the early to mid 90’s, I think, can’t remember. I bought one of her books titled “Dance of the Dead”: When the riverboat on which she works as a dancer docks at a zombie-plagued island known as Sourange, Larissa Snowmane must rely on the help of the swamp creatures to save her soul.

The story grabbed me within the first couple pages, and I was hooked. After reading this particular story is when I seriously began to think about writing. I wanted to take people on adventures through other worlds just as Golden had taken me.

I immediately read the boo again feverishly, soaking up everything I could, trying to figure out how she did it. How did she MAKE me like this story, the characters, everything so much? There was action, suspense, terror, relief, joy, all these sensations locked within the pages. I would take a section, let’s say one that I found particularly suspenseful, and read it over and over and over, trying to understand WHY it was so suspenseful. I had to know what elements, words, or magic did she use to make me feel the suspense, in the hopes that I would be able to transfer such skill into my writing.

Have I succeeded in figuring it out? I don’t know. I think I have, I hope I have. It’s an ongoing process. Not too many writers have made me feel the way Christie Golden has with their stories, so that’s why she is one that I admire. So, THERE!

4 thoughts on “30 Days Of Writing: Day 15

  1. For me, it’s James Herbert. My favourite writer. I read his book “Once” and made notes on why it worked so well. Currently reading another book of his “Haunted” and I’m taking notes again. I love his writing style.


    1. Hmmm….really, now? I’ll have to check James Herbert out then. Yeah, I like when something strikes me to the point that I have to take notes. It really means something then.


  2. What’s amusing is that the first book of his I ever read, “The Fog” really put me off him for years. It was very violent in a way that disturbed me. So I crossed him off thinking “never mind” and was secretly disappointed as I thought I would have loved him. Years later, I came across another book of his called “Creed” (about a paparazzi who photographs a demon) and I absolutely loved it. The next one was “Once” and now “Haunted” – He’s a very good writer but I would suppose maybe, he’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The same way Stephen King isn’t. However, I find his writing a bit more “personal” than King’s
    Meant to tell you, I love your website. A great look. Very professional!


    1. I read the little blurb on “The Fog” on James Herbert’s site, yeah it does seem rather violent and disturbing. It did peak my interest though, I’ll have to check that book out.

      Thanks for the compliment on my website, I really appreciate it.



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