Writers That Inspire me
Inspiration comes from many sources, I think. Two writers who have influenced my writing are William Faulkner and PG Wodehouse. I know, strange combination, right? I love Faulkner’s writing style, and I even admire the way he can write sentences that run a paragraph long. I know some people consider him long-winded, but I’m not one of them. And I love the way he created his fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi, and the people he populated it with, especially the Snopes. PG Wodehouse has a wonderful sense of humor and it comes through in everything he writes. I especially love his Jeeves and Wooster. I like to think that I write long sentences filled with humor lol
Other writers… Well, I’ve been writing with my friend and fellow author Chris T. Kat lately, and having read her books and now writing with her, I feel as though I’m learning a lot about developing characters and plot. She inspires me to keep going when I’m discouraged, and to never give up. I admire her and the lives she leads outside of writing, and the terrific family she has. Another friend and fellow author is Marian Lanouette, who writes the Jake Carrington series, and she inspires me to always be a lady, cause she is just that classy. She is a hard worker, who sets her mind on a goal and works toward it, and isn’t afraid to try new things.
One of my favorite authors is Mike Carey, and he inspires me to write what I want, and not worry that maybe someone won’t agree, or won’t like what you have to say. He took the character of Lucifer and actually made him likable. I have a Lucifer of my own, in Revelations, and I’ve had people say they think he’s a hoot, and they really like him. Thomas Harris inspires me for having created Hannibal Lecter, another character who some might consider unlikable, but I adore him. I have my own serial killer, whom I hope to unleash on the world someday.
I’m sure there are others, but those are the ones that came to mind.
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Release Date: June 7, 2015
Goodreads Link: My Goodreads
Publisher: Amber Quill
Cover Artist: Trace Zaber
Miller Fenwick wants the kind of happy ending his best friend got, with the hunky werewolf of his dreams. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be a Prince Charming on the horizon, and casual encounters don’t cut it anymore. Now that Alexx and Raoul are engaged, Miller is becoming resigned to being the bridesmaid, never the bride. But a chance encounter with a sexy stranger at Charisma has his hopes soaring, and his heart is wide open to possibilities.
Holt Wynne is the head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country. He’s a very influential and wealthy man, with a deep-seated hatred of werewolves. His running into Miller at Charisma isn’t entirely accidental. He’d meant to wait, but his emotions got the better of him, and he couldn’t stay away. And now see what he’s done…
Wait until Miller finds out he’s sortof just gotten married to the sexy vampire who hates the people who are Miller’s best friends. Sparks are gonna fly—and not just in the bedroom. One thing for sure—life in Crescent Bay is never dull!
Pages or Words: Approximately 115,000 words
Categories: M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal
Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.
Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?
But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to holding his alcohol, and he knew it.
He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.
And there he was.
Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.
This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.
But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.
The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.
Sales Links: Amber Quill
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Wayward Ink Press, and Amber Quill Press.
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