Friday, January 13, 2012

When One Falls in Love with an Author...

Ever picked up a new author, or had a good friend hand over a book she read in, like, a night, saying, "Oh my gosh, you've gotta read this. You've just gotta," and, of course, you do? And, yes, you love it--the plot, the prose, dialogue, and wit. Everything. Delicious writing brilliance at its best. The kind of which, if you're a writer, stews instant and insane jealousy.

Right, I'm sure we all have.

Last year some time, or it could've been earlier--baby brain has a way of robbing memory, just so you know--my CP handed over a nicely worn paperback entitled All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins.

"But I don't read contemporary," I protested, tucking my Regency historical closer to my breast.

"Yeah, I know,'ll like this one. I promise." Or something to that effect. "Just read it. Tell me what you think."

Two days later, as my husband was driving me to the airport--indeed, it was last year; March, to be exact--I finished the last chapter with an enthusiasm I can only compare to a kid thumbing through the Sears catalog at Christmas time.

And, yes, I'm well aware kids don't do that anymore, but you get the idea.

I love this woman. She's funny, witty. Master at first person and fast writer; you can dash through numerous chapters before you even know what hit ("Wow, I'm already on ten!"), because the eagerness to know what happens next has completely overtaken you. By the end, you're satisfied, smiling, reaching for a piece of chocolate or a savory cup of coffee, and you're thinking to yourself, "Why doesn't everyone read romance?" Because romance like this, folks, done and dolled up with all the smarts of an author passionate about her craft, tips the literary scale in my book.

New York Times and USA Today
Bestselling Author Kristan Higgins

Needless to say, I've just sent Ms. Higgins's complete book list to the old work email and plan on hitting the store at lunch.

Has there ever been an author with whom you fell in love so fast and so hard, you simply had to read everything they'd written? And if so, who? And while you're at it...why? What makes them so special to you?

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I felt that way about Terry Brooks and later about Preston & Child. Sadly, the latest books by these authors haven't been as good.

Kimberly said...

KH truly is a good author. Great rhythm, word choices, sentence structures for the most impact, topped with amazing details of the surroundings so the reader is transported inside the story. She's an automatic purchase, no quibbling over the price.

Alyssia said...

@Alex Welcome, Alex! And thanks for following! Amazing, the CP and I were just talking about that very thing not too long ago; authors we once loved and treasured putting out, as of late, mediocre product. Do you think some of it has to do with us evolving as writers ourselves?

@Kimberly Yes, she is. I can already tell she's going to be one of those for whom I bite the bit every time I know she's got a new release coming out. Is it out yet? Is it out yet?!

Lynda R Young said...

Yep, I felt that way about quite a few authors. I don't think I could name just one.

Lela said...
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Lela said...

I've done that with SO MANY authors! LOL I think it started back in the day with Anne Rice, then progressed to Weiss & Hickman, Terry Brooks, R.A. Salvatore and, most recently, George RR Martin. And, yes, as of late, all of them have fallen short except Salvatore. My own opinion, of course.

Salvatore has such a way with words. They make me cry, laugh, sing, gasp and hold my breath! His battle scenes turn me pea-green with envy. Brilliant, just brilliant. Quick, Mr. Salvatore, write more Drizzt! :P

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