Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blog Hop: The One

Today I'm participating in my first blog hop! It's pretty simple...you read my post and click to the next! If you follow the hop, you'll get to meet some great new writers and win some AWESOME prizes (see the end of this e-mail for the goodies you can get!).

We're talking about our Inspirtations...those authors who started our dream of wanting to become writers ourselves.

I have always loved to read and write since I was little, but it was YA literature that I truly got hooked on and never let go.

I think the earliest influence on my YA writing would have to be Judy Blume. She didn't speak down to me or treat me like I wasn't mature enough to undertand the world, life and all the crazy things that happen to you when you're growing up. It was her books that I turned to and read over and over again when I needed a reminder that I wasn't alone. She showed me that a lot of the things I was going through happen to other (even many) people too. She was honest enough to write novels that didn't hide things, and I needed that then and appreciate it now. She was kind of like the friend I could ask my secrets too and didn't have to worry about everyone knowing them.

Today there a lot of YA writers who remind me of her. Writers who show teens life for what it is and often life isn't always perfect. Judy Blume might have been my first influence, but today John Green and Laurie Halse Anderson's fearless writing is what inspires me.

I love that there are so many authors out there now who with honesty for teens and tell the storie that need to be heard.

So who was "The One" for you? Make sure you'r a follower and leave a comment and let me know! ANY comment left on this post (and subsequent comments you may make if you do some bloghopping) qualifies for PRIZES.

-SIGNED COPY OF KIERSTEN WHITE'S SUPERNATURALLY from Ali

-A 25 PAGE CRITIQUE from Me (woo hoo!)

-QUERY CRITIQUE and SIGNED COPY OF BETH REVIS' ACROSS THE UNIVERSE from
Robyn Campbell

- 500 WORD CRITIQUE from Michele Helene

- COUPON CODE FOR AN EPIC FANTASY EBOOK BY WILLIAM L. HAHN from Katharina Gerlach

- A COPY OF CRASH INTO ME by ALBERT BORRIS K. M. Walton

- A 30 PAGE CRITIQUE from Stephanie

- A YA BOOK from Bonnie Ray

The last day to enter is Thursday, September 22. We'll choose winners through random.org (the more you read, the better chances you have!).

What are you waiting for? Go "hop" on over to Andrew Leon's blog!

10 comments:

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Thanks for the fun contest. I'm a follower and it's tough to say exactly from whom my inspiration came. But Phyllis Whitney had a huge impact as I read everything of hers I could get my hands on as a teen. And when I started writing, I got my hands on a book she wrote on writing juvenile fiction way back in 1947.

Trisha said...

Very cool contest & activity! As for my inspiration? I've been asked this and have thought about it a lot, but as Angelina said it's hard to narrow it down. I'd say the Point horror/thriller/etc. books I used to read had a huge impact. So did the fantasy series I read as a teen.

Lynda R Young said...

Honesty for teen writing is so important. It's what teens respond to. They don't want judgement or caution. They want a cracking good read :)
Great post.

Melodie Wright said...

LM Montgomery was my inspiration...still is cuz I'm old-fashioned that way. :)
These days it's writers like Lauren Oliver and Juliet Marillier. And, actually, any author who blogs!

Sophia Chang said...

Sharon Creech! And I totally didn't hear about this blog hop...sigh. So much Campaign stuff seems to fly over our heads.

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Zoe Rose said...

I think that the author who over time has become my one is Francesca Lia Block, followed probably by John Green. Both are just really fantastic character writers and are so good with emotion.

Eve.E said...

Hi there
Hope you are well. I am in your MG\YA group and I just thought I would stop by and say hello. It's taking me time to get around everybody as I am in two groups. Great blog btw.
Eve xx

Toye Edmondson said...

Cute blog. Judy Blume sure put it all out there...I almost felt guilty reading her books :)

Sophia Chang said...

Yeah I definitely Are You There God at a time when I needed it! (Men-stroo-a-shun!)