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Here is a list of books that have inspired Lonely Author. (Please remember I am talking books not movies that Hollywood butchered).
1- Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck) My all-time favorite
2- The Godfather (Mario Puzo) The book that made me want to write.
3- The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
4- The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) Tissues please.
5- The Secret (Rhonda Byrne) Only non-fiction book. It is a life changer.
6- 1984 (George Orwell)
7- Don Quixote de la Mancha (Miguel de Cervantes)
8- The Winds of War (Herman Wouk)
9- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum) Sparked my imagination.
10-The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
11- The Hunt For Red October (Tom Clancy)
12- For Whom The Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
13- A Time To Kill (John Grisham)
14- The Alienist (Caleb Carr)
15- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
16- The Witching Hour (Anne Rice)
17- Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
18- A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
19- Rage of Angels (Sidney Sheldon)
20- The Bad Place (Dean Koontz)
Yes, I do.
Remember the last time someone acted a bit snarky with you at the supermarket or on line at the local bank. Have you replayed a moment like that in your mind wishing you had said something clever? Well, one of my secondary characters in my manuscript Paradox, his name is Razor, always has a wry remark ready. Yes, and I grit my teeth and shake my fist every time he says the clever line that’s never discharged from my mouth.
Do I Live vicariously through my characters?
YES, yes, yes. I admit it. With no shame or guilt. My characters accomplish all the things that I never could. They lead exciting lives traveling the world, sipping on the finest champagne, making love to the most beautiful women, and most importantly; overcoming every obstacle. And trust me, I make it hard for them!
Andrew Duran the mysterious fugitive with the secretive past; skilled in combat and in bed. Veyda the unselfish warrior determined to save mankind, ready to sacrifice her own happiness to save the world. These guys are filled with such passion. Theirs lives are extraordinary.
So, I admit my characters bring excitement to my life. And why not? They are the most interesting people I know.
Do you live through vicariously through your characters?