Considering we’re now deep in the depths of deadline hell, I thought it would be fitting to dedicate this week to five authors that inspire me to create. I’m currently undertaking a BA in Creative and Professional Writing and we’re often provoked into talking about our inspirations for our pieces. These guys turn up pretty often!
I think this one is pretty obvious, especially for 90’s kids writers. I began reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series when I was little, falling in love with the world pretty quickly. She was my main inspiration for pursuing writing at an early age, and I now have a little tattoo dedicated to Harry Potter to remind me of my passion for writing when things get tough while creating.
I’m a fairly recent fan of Maggie Stiefvater, having only discovered The Raven Cycle early last year, but I’ve been obsessed with her work since. I adore her poetic language in her novels, desperate to learn from them for my own pieces. I’ve name-dropped her a few times since reading in my assignments, gathering inspiration anywhere I can yet I still always find something to learn from in her work. She’s incredible.
I fell in love with Laurence Beveridge’s world around five years ago after discovering his band, Fearless Vampire Killers (FVK). His beautiful way with words and terrifying world inspired a lot of my own pieces, being one of the authors I continuously mention in university. I spoke about his books so much it led to one of my lecturers reading one and mentioning it in my portfolio feedback; thankfully, they liked it!
Darren Shan’s various series have been in my life since I was a child, the characters in The Saga of Darren Shan being a huge part of my life since I was young. His narrative voice and skill with character development has inspired my own work, desperate to learn from his novels. I adore everyone in his books and I remember continuously frustrating my friends in school talking about them. It’s been so long since I’ve read them though, so I seriously need to return to him soon!
Sally Green’s Half Bad trilogy was a huge inspiration for me back in A-Levels, having a copy of her work in my bag wherever I went. I remember mentioning her books in my exam, taking inspiration from Nathan’s personality and the incredible way she provoked fear with language. Her books will always be some of my favourites, and I’ll definitely be reading The Smoke Thieves as soon as it’s released.