I am someone who found out too late that becoming a fairy princess, a pirate, or a dragon wasn’t something that could actually be achieved. So, I decided to try to write stories about them instead. I’ve been shaped by the books I’ve read. The quotes are things that I need to hear on a given day. I think maybe other people do too.
When I was twelve I spent every moment that I could at the library or bookstore. It was on one of those visits that I came away with a pile of books that contained a very special book. Midnight Hour Encores by Bruce Brooks was in that stack of books. (I lived in the country and there weren’t a lot of kids to play with.)
I read that book while I sat on really steep steps that led to my grandparents basement. I didn’t want to be found so I didn’t turn on any lights. (That’s what you do when you’re on an adventure.) There was a little grimy window that looked onto the back porch and it gave me just enough light to read by.
That book showed me the power of the written word and how they could deeply affect someone. I was swept up into Sib’s adventure. Even with all of the books that I had read, I had never been carried away like that. She was my role model. She was free from everything that I was afraid of.
It was much later that I found the Brontë sisters who offered a completely different world full of dark characters and scary places that had nothing to do with vampires or witches. The funny thing is, I think the sisters actually made me want to write stories about vampires and witches.
Those are just a few of the books that influenced me. What books influenced you?