Follow That Author!

I’ve not been writing for very long – but I’m always ready to learn more!  To learn as much as I can, I follow the blogs of several of my favorite authors.

Whether you’re a professional author, a part-time writer, or an avid reader, I hope you enjoy these sites as much as I do.

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine wrote Ella Enchanted, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Ever, Fairest, The Wish, The Princess Tales (a retelling of six well-known fairy tales, with fun twists), and Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly, as well as several others.  She posts every Wednesday, answering questions posted in prior comments.

Patricia C. Wrede

Patricia C. Wrede…  I grew up with her Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and fell in love with the Letter Game after reading Sorcery and Cecelia, though I’ve not yet found time to read the sequels.  I just read her Snow White and Rose Red, and loved how natural the dialogue felt, even though it’s full of Shakespearean English.

Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Howard Taylor

“This is Writing Excuses – 15 minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and they’re not that smart!”  Every week a new podcast is posted, in which some aspect of writing is discussed, pulled apart, played with, and put back together.  These are hilarious and helpful hints for improving your writing.

I’ve not read Dan Well‘s book, nor do I follow Howard Taylor‘s online comic, but my family has enjoyed Brandon Sanderson‘s books since we stumbled across them some time 2008-2009.  Elantris, his Mistborn trilogy, the Alcatraz series, Warbreaker… everything I’ve read of his has been incredible.  Not for children (except for the Alcatraz books – hilarious!), but still outstanding.  I always try to out-think an author while I’m reading and figure out what’s going to happen next, but he’s amazed me every time.  I hear The Way of Kings is just as good and, yes, this is the author who’s completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.  That Brandon Sanderson.

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