While perusing fellow RWA chapter mate, Deborah Wright's blog, and reading about the 10 formative books in her life, I decided to write about the five in my life.
The first would be Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene. My mom wasn't much of a reader, but she always made sure we kids had books. Fist she bought the Dr. Seuss series of books then as I got older she subscribed to the Nancy Drew collection. I spent my summers devouring each book when it arrived. Because during the school year I had access to the school library.
Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear- I read it in Junior high and it has stuck with me ever since. I'm still fascinated by stories of healers and how they were deemed witches.
Time of The Hunter's Moon by Victoria Holt- That was the first book, I fell into the heroine's character.
Miss Marple Mysteries- Agatha Christie- I read anything I could get my hands on by this woman! But I loved the Miss Marple stories the most because I could so relate with the down-to-earth character. Her sharp eyes and ears to the little details are fabulous.
Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spence - This is the book that put me on the path to writing historical romance. I fell so in love with the characters and setting, I had to try to write like that and give the reader a wonderful journey like she did for me.
So what books shaped who you are as a writer or a reader?