Hmm, okay. Let's see. I'll do a professional one, and name the author whose works remind me most of what I want to do as a writer. That's Jeanne DuPrau. She wrote The City of Ember which is one of my favorite books, and I don't qualify that by saying one of my favorite kids' books. (I just heard from my friend Megan that there's a fourth book in the series! So I got it from the library today! Wooo!) It's post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction that's primarily aimed at kids but worthwhile for adults. I like her a lot because she writes about smart, imaginative, creative protagonists, usually with girls as the main characters but also sometimes with boys. Though I was already 24 when I read her book for the first time, I'm sure it's the kind of book that a kid will read and remember as she grows up, and that will make her think.
That's exactly the kind of book I want to read. One day, when I finish Azilie's story and submit it to an agent, I'm going to tell them that it's aimed at the same readers as those who like Jeanne DuPrau's work; I hope I can make the book good enough to merit that claim.
I really like this quote I found on her web site, too:
"A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people."— Thomas Mann
HAHAHAH yes. Writing is hard. I'm extra picky about it too. She says she's a slow writer and it takes her a long time to methodically crank out the sentences. I'm reassured to hear that that's not a guarantee of failure.
She doesn't seem to ever have married or have kids, but seems to have a happy life of reading and writing and doing her own projects, in addition to a winding career path, which is also where I can see myself being one day.
So I picked a professional writer, but let me toss out a few names of people who haven't crossed the professional threshold yet -- but I fully expect them to one day! swankivy and carmanah are my two writing friends who inspire me the most. I wish I were as prolific as they were. (I know Jen is struggling with some projects these days, but she's already finished and self-published several books, and those books could have been purchased by a publisher if she hadn't given up the first publication rights). I've really enjoyed reading all of their novels, and I always look forward to what they write next.