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#BehindTheScenes 41 - Other Authors

Yes. I was getting to this point. I have too many to name that have influenced me. Much like artists of all kinds, authors have shaped who I viewed the world and evolved my journey as an author. Early childhood saw epic fantasy mostly. Then, it moved to science fiction and doom. There were dreams and wishes in there too.

  1. Frank Herbert - Dune...what a series. No, I have not seen the movies yet, but I have the original 6 books. Frank Herbert defined what science fiction was for me. Not coked up, 80's battles where you see Sting and Patrick Stewart. I am talking about the actual series, imagined in your head, and all of it discussing fate and free will. Who is going to prove that destiny does not exist? Or, is every decision bound to lead to one's fate? To me, Herbert was the godfather of George R.R. Martin, in the way that you have to concentrate or you will lose track.

  2. Anne McCaffery - I don't remember who was into the world of Pern other than my father (I think a family friend). But I remember picking up Dragonriders of Pern and was fascinated by their fight against Thread. Never mind that the series spanned several books and off-series! I was challenged not only by the adult themes of love, betrayal, death and family, but also courage, integrity, sacrifice and new beginnings. Any series intrigued me!

  3. Langston Hughes - I've mentioned this poet many times. I read much of his work in middle school. It was later on, in high school, that my appreciation grew. It began with A Raisin in the Sun, the play by Lorraine Hansberry. In the beginning, she explained that her inspiration was from the poem "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)". After that, I researched Hughes more and found his plights and commentary to be just as difficult and groundbreaking today as it was in his day. #BlackLivesDoMatter everyone.

There will be more lists like this in the future. Namaste, everyone! Have a great day!

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