(If you’re here for the A to Z Challenge, my post for “B” is just below this on my blog (B is for Black God’s War). Or you can check out my post from yesterday, A is for Abercrombie, if you’ve not done so yet. This post is one in a regular series, posted on the second day of each month.)
I think it’s fairly clear that I’ve been influenced by everything I’ve ever read. “Matchmaker” shows off my familiarity with some Regency romance tropes, while my latest novelette demonstrates my love of Gilbert & Sullivan (I’m hoping the editors love it as much as I do!). Cozy mysteries, scientific prose, space operas — everything has been added to the mix.
If I look at this another way, though, and ask whom I would like others to see in my writing — as, for example, if one reads Old Man’s War, one can clearly see Heinlein’s influence on Scalzi — well, to be honest, at first I drew a blank on that, too. I talked to friends and looked at things I’ve said before, and the answer was right there on the front page of my site: Isaac Asimov.
I want to be prolific. I want to write across disciplines. I want to use clear language that draws the reader in, although I’m not adverse to making up words when necessary. And hey, if I’m remembered as well after I’m gone as he is? Absolutely wonderful.
No plans to grow muttonchop sideburns, though.
Today’s post was inspired by the topic “My influences (i.e., who would I like to be compared to)”– April’s topic in the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour — an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The next post in the tour will be on the 4th, by D. M. Bonanno. Be sure to check it out.
If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers and find out their thoughts on crossing genre lines, check out the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour. You can find links to all of the posts on the tour by checking out the group site. Read and enjoy!