Prism Book Alliance would like to thank EE Montgomery for taking the time to talk with us today. Don’t forget to check out our review of Ordinary People.. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Title: Ordinary People
Author: EE Montgomery
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Ten Authors I Admire:
The trouble here is choosing only ten authors. I read constantly although not as widely as I used to. To pick only ten, I’ll have to have a system. Listed below are authors whose writing has had a specific impact on me personally or as a writer. Not in any particular order:
- Isaac Asimov. I’ve been reading him since I was five and never tire of his imagination and easy-to-read style. I have friends who say his writing is simplistic and lacks emotion. They’re probably right, but I love the simplicity of his writing. Simplicity doesn’t mean badly written or boring. I also don’t read his work for an emotive link, although if you remember the era he grew up in, and the kind of person he was, you’ll quickly find the emotion in his stories. Some of them are quite erotic in their own way. I’m simply blown away by the way he saw possibilities and extensions of reality in a time that was at the very beginning of the information age. His stories fascinate me.
- Raymond E. Feist. This man can get my heart pounding with just a few finely-wrought sentences.
- Suzanne Brockman. I like the way her books have more than one storyline happening at the same time. Often there’re three or more, but only one is completely resolved by the end; the others become the focal storylines of other books, sometimes threading through a few books before that happens.
- Denise Rossetti. A good friend and an amazing writer who doesn’t get the recognition her writing deserves. I’m in awe of her world-building and her prose. She’s thought of everything, from the shapes of clouds to the insects that infest the bedding. Every word she writes serves a purpose. There are so many layers in her worlds and her stories, I’m often still discovering things about the characters and the world four or five readings later.
- E.E. (Doc) Smith. Another childhood favourite. His space operas have been a huge influence on my ideas, although his writing style hasn’t stood the test of time as well as Asimov’s. It was dated even when I was reading them.
- Josh Lanyon. No threads left hanging in his work. His mysteries are easy to read but well-layered so I’m constantly entertained.
- Alan Chin. I had to stop reading Chin’s work for a while. I read The Lonely War and sobbed for days. I still can’t listen to Mozart. Spare and beautiful narration.
- Sylvia Plath. A master wordsmith. She had such a command of words that just a few put down in a row evoke some of the most powerful images and emotions I’ve ever experienced.
- K.A. Mitchell. The first book of hers I read was Collision Course. I still laugh out loud at some of the scenes. The car dancing is precious, and I can’t look at a Yaris without wondering if Seafoam Pearl is really a Toyota colour. I keep reading her stories because I know they’re going to be well written and there’s always going to be something in every book that will make me laugh.
- Franz Kafka. If I want to think of something unusual for a story, something way outside the box, something freaky, or scary, or otherworldly, I pick up Metamorphosis. It gives me chills every time I read it.
- Raymond Carver. I have to add a number 11. Carver’s writing, for me, is inspiring. I’ve read that every story he published was cut by more than 70% before it was as tight and as spare as it could be, but that’s not what I find inspiring about his writing. His stories annoy me on a level that no others do. They always feel unfinished, like there’s no ending, no resolution, but I want more. That constant sense of MORE is what keeps me coming back to his work, over and over. If I get stuck with my own writing, I’ll read one of his stories, and my mind will be brimming with ideas again.
His bed was stripped to the mattress. The shredded mattress. Foam stuffing bubbled up between the slashes like pus weeping from an infected wound. He tore his attention from the bed to find his sheets and duvet scattered all over the floor. In pieces. He whimpered.
“I just bought that set.” He pressed his fingers against his lips. Even in his shock he recognized the inanity of his comment. His gaze was drawn to the freestanding full-length mirror beside the windows. Black writing marred the polished surface.
NEXT TIME DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD FAG OR THE SAME WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.
He turned to see Laramee beside him, his hand again clamped on Vinnie’s arm. “What was I told?” he whispered. “I don’t know what I was told.”
It was too much. He flung himself at Laramee, buried his face in the warm, slightly harsh fabric of his uniform, ignored the button digging into his forehead, and burst into tears.
“I don’t even know your name. I can’t sob all over you if I don’t know your name,” he wailed.
When Queensland Police Force Constable James Laramee raids a hotel room, he finds Vinnie Canterbury on top of a naked, dead man, covered in blood. Vinnie promptly vomits all over James’s shoes.
Thanks to a cocktail of horse sedatives and Hendra vaccine, Vinnie’s memories of his ordeal are fractured. Finding the culprits and the reasons behind his abduction will be a challenge. With his apartment trashed, his building set on fire, and his clothes, phone and wallet gone, Vinnie needs a place to stay. To his surprise, James not only takes him in, but also lets him cry on his shoulder. It must be true love. Vinnie has plans for his future with James all mapped out, and he hopes he can get James on the same page.
About the Author:
E E Montgomery wants the world to be a better place, with equality and acceptance for all. Her philosophy is: We can’t change the world but we can change our small part of it and, in that way, influence the whole. Writing stories that show people finding their own ‘better place’ is part of E E Montgomery’s own small contribution.
Thankfully, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for stories that show people growing in their acceptance and love of themselves and others. A dedicated people-watcher, E E finds stories everywhere. In a cafe, a cemetery, a book on space exploration or on the news, there’ll be a story of personal growth, love, and unconditional acceptance there somewhere.
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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.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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