Carlson wowed me this year with her debut novel, FULL BLOODED. I love a good werewolf tale and that’s just what Carlson gave me. Jessica McClain, the only female werewolf in existence, the embodiment of an ancient prophecy that foretells the end of the werewolf race? DRAMA. Full Blooded is full of action, high stakes and compelling conflict. The werewolf mythology is unique and bold. The world-building is well thought out and interesting. And Jessica is my kind of heroine – smart, scrappy, and independent. She can kick some ass but not too much. Jessica has a lot to learn and something tells me she’s going to have to learn it fast. Carlson peppers the book with a fantastic supporting cast and a love interest, Rourke, who has the potential to become legendary. Carlson’s new series is fresh, her voice is original, and she has quickly become one of my favorite new writers.
Please welcome Amanda to the blog as she discusses five books that have inspired and influenced her!
AMANDA CARLSON & THE 5 BOOKS THAT INSPIRED HER
Judy Blume’s ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT’S ME MARGARET. This is a coming of age story most of have read at some point in our childhood. It touched me the same way as most of you, but it was also the first book to inspire me as a writer. Judy Blume crafted a witty, funny tale about puberty in a way that was new and edgy. I remember picking up a pen to write my own stories not long after. All of them revolving around a girl coming of age. Thanks, Judy!
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The SORCERER’S STONE was an amazing entry into an amazing series. JK opened up a world that still inspires me today. Harry and his friends are some of the most likeable characters I’ve ever read. To me, her writing perfectly showcases the books.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT (and the entire Lord of the Rings series). I recently re-read this series and it’s so amazing. For every fantasy buff out there, the world he created is incredible to fall into. This is one of my all time favorite reads and every time I’m blocked I think of pieces of his world and they inspire me.
Kresley Cole’s Immortal After Dark series, starting with A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER. This was the first series under the paranormal umbrella I read after Twilight came into vogue. Kresley’s witty dialogue and unbelievable world opened me up to this genre, where Anne Rice has whetted my appetite all those years ago. I fell in love with her series, and thus began a five year love affair with urban fantasy. Along the way, reading and loving the genre, I decided to write something I wanted to read and FULL BLOODED was born.
Stephen King’s ON WRITING. Okay, this is not a typical pick, but if you’re asking for inspirations, Stephen King is the man. This book helped shaped my thinking as a writer. His advice is rock solid, plus you get a glimpse into what made him the writer he is today. I re-read it often. And the advice never gets old. I highly recommend this to all the aspiring writers out there.
Thanks for having me, She Wolf Reads! I hope these books have inspired others out there.
WHAT MY CHARACTERS ARE READING…
My heroine, Jessica McClain, would love Anne Rice. She would be impressed with how she crafted her histories. (She’d also know that Anne was likely an Essential.)
Rourke would love George R. R. Martin. Anything Epic fantasy would be his pick.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR AMANDA?
HOT BLOODED, the second book in the Jessica McClain series is due out in April 2013!
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