Thursday, August 25, 2011

For the Love of Fantasy!

It's the second-to-last day of Sparkfest! You can still join in the fun by heading over to Christine's blog. :) Today, I'm paying homage to my favorite fantasy author in my childhood, and one of my favorites of all time: Tamora Pierce.

She's the first author that made me think, "Hey, I could do this!" Her Tortall books were constant fixtures in my backpack, regardless of what book I was reading at the time, and they influenced a lot of the short stories in my freshman creative writing class in high school. Alanna was the first female character I remember thinking was kick-ass (I didn't realize until researching for this post, but the Alanna books were published before I was even born! I thought they were new when I discovered them at the age of 12), and I had a monstrous crush on Prince Jonathan for a long time. Probably because he looked like Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid... *sigh*

Anyway, when I was 16 I decided that I was going to write Tamora Pierce an e-mail. I wanted to thank her for writing the books that defined a portion of my childhood, and ask if she'd be making an appearance in my hometown in the near future. And guess what, guys? She e-mailed me back! It was the first time I identified authors as real people and not as faceless beings that cranked out amazing works of literature in mythical caves (ok, I didn't really think that, but it's pretty close to what I thought...). She encouraged me to pursue my dream of being an author, and while she wasn't coming to my hometown any time soon, she did tell me how to research such events so that I could see other authors in my area. She sparked my interest in the publishing world, and made it all real for me.

If I ever get the chance to meet Tamora Pierce, I'll probably tear up a little. She's been a very influential part of my life, and even though it's been a mostly indirect influence (I don't know her personally, after all), I still owe a lot of my drive and passion for writing to her. She's one of my biggest sparks, and I hope someday I get to shake her hand and tell her so. :)

Which author was the biggest spark for you?



  1. I've been thinking about this question a lot as I've read various entries around the web. I wish i had an answer. I could name authors who instilled in me the love of reading, but the writing? I have no idea where that came from!

  2. That is too cool that she wrote back to you. I love that.
    It's amazing how our perceptions shift and grow as we get older, isn't it?

  3. Those are all great sparks. Love the shapeshifters :) Arthur C. Clarke has been one of my biggest sparks, because he made me think and wonder.

  4. Wow! That's so cool that she e-mailed you back! It took me a while to really grasp that authors were real people, too. It just seems so mysterious and esoteric, especially when you're a young'un! :-)

  5. That's so awesome that she emailed you back! I've never read her books but I've heard a lot about them, so I'm going to put them at the top of my TBR pile.

  6. No way! I just commented on her in your last post, but I love the details here! I'm so jealous :D

    And George was my love, so I was happy when things turned out with him and not Jonathan :P


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