5 Books That Have Influenced My Life
Since becoming a published author, I get this question a lot: “What's your favorite book?”'
And it's impossible for me to answer because I'll read anything from The Iliad to the back of the Coco Puffs cereal box. My “favorite book” changes every week. Whatever book I'm current engrossed in today--that's my favorite.
But of course not everything I read leaves a lasting impression. Some books fade from memory very quickly, while others can stay with you for life.
I think a much better question is: “Which books have affected you and how?”
To which I answer…
1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I'm not sure why, exactly, but the overall lesson of people not always being what they seem--the ones you think you know end up disappointing you, while the person who surprises you is the last person you'd suspect--has always stuck with me.
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Actually, this could be anything by Card, because after I read Ender's Game, I went out and read a bunch of his other books. His imagination is so out-there. I never know what to except from him or his characters--just that it's always epic and awe-inspiring. Plus he hit his peak at a time when character backstory was still an acceptable part of writing and I love the way he lets us live through his characters. Not many authors can do this as well as Card.
3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Say what you want about it, good or bad, Twilight is was got me thinking “I can write a book” and actually doing it.
4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Because, seriously, when was the last time you went on a YA journey that epic, with that many characters that you loved, all in one series? Clare taught me to make every character as real as possible. That it's okay to let them all fall in love and be complex.
5. The Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing. A bit of an older and not-as-popular YA series, Daughters of the Moon was a personal favorite that I read when I was a teenager--and one that I go back to in my mind over and over again. It had a lot of good life lessons for teen girls--and later on for the boys too. I've kept the collection over the years and hope to share it with my own daughter one day in the future.
There are many more titles I could add to this list, and I believe everything I read affects me to one degree or another. But I'll end it here before I ramble too much. Big thanks to Awesomesauce Bookclub for having me today.
By J.D. Brown
Release Date: May 31, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Tagline: Being a Romani-Vampyre with an ancestor who wants you dead isn't normal. Neither is this sequel.
Blurb: Ema Marx wishes her life would go back to normal, but there's nothing normal about being a Romani-Vampyre with an ancestor who wants you dead. Apollyon is back, wreaking havoc on the lives of everyone she cares about while plotting her demise.
Ema thought she would find a new best friend in her trainer, Bridget, until the exotic vampire vies for Jesu's attention. Jesu can date who he wants, right? Ema has more important things to worry about, like honing her powers. When Apollyon's thugs appear out of the shadows to attack her, Ema knows it's time to take action. But everyone else has other plans in mind.
One thing is for certain, being under house arrest in the German vampyre king's castle was not part of her plan to save the day.Buy Links:
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Dark Heirloom (An Ema Marx Novel 1)
By J.D. Brown
Release Date: March 31, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Tag Line: She wasn't bitten. She's not undead. So how did Ema Marx become a vampire?
Blurb: “You're a vampire” is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she's able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn't understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It's their fault she turned into one of them…right?
Jalmari's hatred for his old-man intensifies when he's ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run, there's no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst. Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan's only savior.
The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she'll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way…Buy Links:
Author Bio: J.D. Brown writes Urban Fantasy for MuseItUp Publishing, as well as a monthly “how-to” newsletter column for PDMI Freelance Publishing. She graduated from The International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghost. She is a self-proclaimed expert in vampire and Greek mythology. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance. J.D. enjoys helping her fellow writers and interacting with her fans and leads an active life on the web.
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