I actually haven’t read too many different fantasy authors. For most of my teenage and college years, I read romance. Now that I’ve decided to write romance, I’m trying to change that. Today, I’d like to talk about a fantasy writer that is going on my favorites list: Mercedes Lackey.
I haven’t read all of her books, but then again, she’s written a lot of books. According to her website, she’s written more than a hundred stories in two decades, and is still going. That’s a lot of books, and also the kind of career that every author would dream of.
One of the things that I like about her books, is how she takes fairy tales and re-imagines them. She takes the helpless heroes and heroins of the tales and turns them into competent characters who can take care of themselves. These characters all live in fully-fleshed out worlds full of color, magic and excitement. I like the way her fairy tales go because while these stories are certainly inspired by the ones you heard as a child, they aren’t the same ones you saw in a Disney movie: they’re better. Her Little-Red Riding Hood kills werewolves. Her Sleeping Beauty talks to animals and falls in love with a blacksmith. Her Cinderella never marries the prince but becomes a fairy godmother.
One thing Mercedes Lackey has taught me is to think outside of the box when you’re telling a story. Don’t just tell the same tale that everyone else is hearing: tell something different. There is one unique thing about each story you are writing, and that is you. I couldn’t write like her to save my life, but then again, I don’t need to. I just need to write like me, and to think outside of the box.
What authors have inspired you? Let me know. I’d be happy to hear!