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!