Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday. This is a meme started in November of 2013 and is still going strong! If you’re interested in being a part of it please see the group on Goodreads.
This week’s topic is Authors You Wish You Could Write Like.
Oh this hits on a sore spot for me. I love books so much. I revere authors so much. However, I am also keenly aware that I am not a writer. Oh how I wish I were. I would want to write something daring, life changing, life affirming, fun, whimsical, deep, penetrating, lovely, and heartstopping. It would have to be perfect!! Not going to happen. So here are the authors who I admire and would like to be like…
Charlie N. Holmberg
So much to like about Ms. Holmberg. She writes some very good fantasy. It’s right on the cusp of YA and Adult fiction. What I like best about her is she brings an ease to writing that makes reading her books a pleasure. In my old high school days I used to sing, and I was pretty good at it. I remember one teacher advising me, make it look easy Crystal, the audience will love you for it but they’ll never know how hard to you worked. I found that to be true. It’s true for Ms. Holmberg’s books too. It can’t be easy to write as well as she does, but she makes it look and feel like a joy.
If you know his books then I hardly need to explain why I picked him. He is an astoundingly accomplished writer. He also writes like a hurricane (leave your dun spheres outside!) publishing multiple projects a year. He is also a very cinematic writer. It is easy to see how his books would make for wonderful TV or Movies. I would LOVE to see some of his books optioned. They must be by now right? Regardless of that, his Stormlight Archive novel series will be placed on the same level as The Lord of the Rings when he is done. I’m quite sure of it.
One of my all-time favorites. She had such heart and fierceness. If she’d lived longer I can’t imagine what she’d have written. There’s a reason her Jane is so beloved. Charlotte, and Jane, are indomitable.
I can’t review his books. They are just … wonderful and I can’t do them justice. He blends heart and humor and adventure so beautifully. He’s funny and mind-blowing. He crafts a book and you’re left with this lovely piece of art. I’ve traded spaces and I’m in the cult of Rothfuss now. Everyone must read him or I’ll come knock on your door until you do. I can do it you know, I had a lot of practice in my years as a JW.
I had trouble deciding on this last spot. It was between her and one other woman and I finally chose Ms. Atwood because as a writer I’d want a chance to make an impact. To raise awareness of issues. I’d want to write something that could take groups of people and help them find a voice, and a cause to rally behind. Ms. Atwood does that in spades. I admire her ability to do those things while writing a story so captivating you can’t help but be inspired … to anger, to joy, to love, to despair. It’s all there for you, just open the book.
I’ll never be an author. But I will always love reading. That’s why we’re here right?! Please check out any of these authors on Goodreads. They have so many wonderful books out there in the wild. Enjoy!