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Title: One Door Closes
Author: GB Lindsey
Publisher: Carina Press
Ten Books that Influence(d) Me
Truthfully, my writing is influenced by just about everything I read, whether positively (teaching me what I should do) or negatively (teaching me what I should not do). I hold that both aspects are equally important. But if I had to pick a list of ten…
The Shining by Stephen King
I adore horror. It’s my favorite genre when it’s written well, and though I’m not what you’d call a fanatic over Stephen King’s work, this book opened up my creative vista in a very specific way. What The Shining taught me (what Stephen King teaches me with just about everything he’s written, really) is that you can take an old story (i.e., the haunted house, the vampire attack, the ghost story) and give it such an amazing remodel that it jumps right out of the archetype bucket and becomes its own individual Event. When people think of the Overlook Hotel, they don’t think “haunted house.” They think “OH MY GAWD KILL IT WITH FIRE.” Writing has an extremely visceral power, and can make well-trodden ground brand new again and full of monsters.
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Anne Rice has this particular gift for descriptive writing. She was the one to most effectively teach me that imagery is paramount, that the way you relate it to sensory perception is the most effective way to make a scene or character stick fast in a reader’s mind. I first read this book over a decade ago and I still remember the connection between Armand and the primal bonfire. This book also showed me what people have been trying ineffectually to slam since the dawn of “literary work”: that genre can be written better than the most literary of literature.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
One of my two favorites. This book showed me that in relationship building, especially romance, what’s crucial is what isn’t explained. I pore over this one again and again, trying to figure out exactly how the author convinced me so thoroughly of a love that was never named as such. You almost circle the subject matter, touch the edge and then skip away before anyone recognizes it for what it is, and before you know it, you’ve built the most wrenching, convincing love story, and no one ever saw the foundation going up.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The other favorite. This book is my cornerstone. It epitomizes what I want for my writing: the ability to read and reread forever and always find something I didn’t see before. Wow. Not to mention the lack of apology. People do what they do. There are no neat bows tied at the end.
1984 by George Orwell
How could my list be complete without the quintessential dystopia? This genre fascinates me because it really peels apart humanity. I have several dystopian scenarios I’m working on. I devour this type of story. This book inspires me because this is what I want to write.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
This book introduced me to post-modernist literature, which in this case tends to swing off on tangents and then circle back to the point as it steadily moves forward, exploring itself like a curious observer, giving you insight to multiple characters in snippets and sweeps. It’s also one of the most fun styles I’ve ever written in. So much information in such a small space… As soon as I read White Teeth, I had to emulate it, and I found a writing style that I can really get into.
Dune by Frank Herbert
The universe developed in this novel is phenomenal. The religion, the science, the politics and the people… it’s all so exquisitely detailed. I feel I should always try to create this level of depth when I write; it’s like the author just stepped off a living, breathing planet and brought back the news of what he found there. Dune was relevant when it was written, and it’s relevant now. It applies eerily well to what’s going on in our world after almost fifty years. Dune simultaneously makes me ecstatic and despairing because how in the world could I ever do that?
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Steveson
This is a favorite scary story. I still remember the first time I read it (summer reading, freshman year) and the abridged version I had as a kid, and how chilling it was. Considering the fact that my current project is a modernized revamp of this tale, this book definitely belongs on my list of influences.
World War Z by Max Brooks
I WANT TO DO THIS WITH A BOOK. Brooks took my favorite horror subgenre, the zombie apocalypse, and explored it in ways I have never seen before. Most approaches come from the POV of the Last One Standing, an immediate and individual account of the apocalypse as it occurs. Which is engrossing, certainly. Look at Romero, 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead, etc. But Brooks attacked the subject matter on a worldwide scale, dealing with ecological, economic, medical, and long-term military effects on top of all the rest. He made it a mockumentary and it was just fascinating. Everything I didn’t know I needed.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
I could read this book again and again. But what it taught me was that supposedly kiddie subject matter (bunnies) is not necessarily a kiddie topic. This book stretched the boundaries of my storytelling in so many directions, including cracking open the box of age-appropriateness. Basically, you can do anything if you do it well, and creatively.
Years ago, Calvin Ware found a refuge in Neverwood, a home for wayward boys. Now, following the death of his foster mother Audrey, he’s returned to fulfill her request to restore the decrepit Victorian mansion to its former purpose.
Under the threat of repossession, Cal clashes with his foster brothers over restoration plans while fending off the unscrupulous developer who is breathing down his neck. Audrey’s well-meaning presence in his dreams does more harm than good as he struggles to cope with it all. What’s more, the contractor he hires to get the building up to code turns out to be Will Cabot, his high school flame.
As they begin working together, Cal finds he still has feelings for his first love. But his mistakes of years ago threaten their future, just as they ruined their past, and Cal knows he can’t withstand the heartbreak a second time.
Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother…
About the Author:
G. B. Lindsey was born and raised in California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. Her first love has always been writing: as a child, she cultivated such diverse goals as becoming “a cowgirl and a writer” or “a paleontologist and a writer.”
Aside from her salacious and ongoing affair with the horror genre, she loves to write sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, and short stories. Other hobbies include playing the piano, reading voraciously, the occasional period drama movie night, and devouring scary film after scary film. She recently moved back home from Newcastle upon Tyne, where she earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and now lives in Sacramento.
Author page: https://www.facebook.com/lindseywords, Newsletter: http://www.gblindsey.com/contact-me.html
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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