On the trail in north-central Idaho
I’m often asked about my favorite authors. The other day, someone asked who most influenced my writing. I like that question better. Here’s my answer:
From whom did I learn character development?
From whom did I learn how to tie all the characters together?
From whom did I learn to write action scenes?
|C. S. Lewis|
From whom did I learn to write from a Christian worldview?
C. S. Lewis
From whom did I learn to dream up fantastic stories?
From whom did I learn plotting?
Sorry, but I never learned to plot. I just turn on the computer and fill up the screen. . .after I’ve played with my core idea, done research and prepared character sketches, of course.
From whom did I learn humor?
Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding (Bob & Ray, on radio)
Stan Freberg on radio and records
Ernie Kovacs on TV
W.C. Fields & Groucho Marx on old movies
And by reading Mad Magazine (from 1955 to 1961 I never missed an issue)
From whom did I learn to love the history of the Old West?
Mrs. Welch, my 4th grade teacher, who introduced me to the California missions and the California gold rush days.
From whom did I learn to forget the formulas and do it my way?
|Janet & Stephen Bly|
And from whom did I learn to write romance?
Janet Chester Bly, of course. . .met this cutie when she was thirteen. Didn't start the romancin' part until we were seniors in high school.
|Throw The Devil Off The Train|
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