(Yes, I know it's Saturday for those of us Down Under. But it's still Friday in Utah, where Brandan lives.)
Fifteen Authors Who Have Impacted Me:My favorite author is one that probably goes without saying for all, or at least most of Iola's readers. As to other authors, here is my attempt at 15—ish.
E. NesbitA favorite of my youth.
Michael RamsdellHis book, A Train to Potevka, influenced my writing on my first published novella.
Madeleine L'EngleYears ago I was told that my writing used words that were above my potential readers' understanding, or at least, the readers' normal usage. Then, in an article posted after Madeleine L'Engle passed away in 2007, I read a quote from her. I haven't found the quote since then, but in essence, L'Engle said she didn't dummy down her vocabulary for her readers. That was a great support for me. Why should we write at an elementary school level just because educators and professionals tell us to? Let us raise each other, not lower each other.
L.M. MontgomeryI had the opportunity to participate with my children in the stage version of Montgomery's beloved Anne of Green Gables. I also got to choreograph some of the dances. (Now I need to read the book :)
The U.S. Founding FathersThose great men who crafted the Constitution of the United States of America have blessed and influenced my life without measure.
That's a new one for Friday Fifteen, but I can absolutely agree with the sentiment!
Brandon MullI enjoyed the Fablehaven series. And Brandon has a great name :)
C. Terry WarnerI read Bonds That Make Us Free as part of a college class. Very insightful.
(Isn't that everyone?)
Carolyn KeeneYes, I know this is really a pseudonym for multiple authors, but I'll count it as one author.
Iola, thank you for the invitation to share this Friday Fifteen and for taking the time to review books.
My novella, Working With The Enemy, is available at Amazon.
I'd love to hear from my readers!