Monday, June 2, 2014

Influences of my adventures

During the past few months I have been working on several projects. I finished up my latest novel, Wyoming, but as many writers probably know it's never finished until the final pen stroke. I started another novel that I am very excited about. I wrote some query letters and researched a few literary agents that I felt would be interested in my work and have some interest, but I'll have to rework Wyoming just a little.

During that time I discovered something unique about my work. While researching some of the literary agents, I tried to find what I would have in common with some of them. Its hard to tell just by reading a blog or a short paragraph about someone, but some of them list some genres of interest or past books they represent. Several agents had similar likes with famous books and authors, and that made me think.

One of my favorite books when I was young was Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain. I must have read that book twenty times and I would probably still enjoy it today. I remember getting hooked on reading when a friend of mine suggested I read The Hobbit. It was about the same time he told me that I would probably like The Rolling Stones because I was a huge Beatles fan. I didn't take his suggestion about The Rolling Stones until a decade later, but I did read The Hobbit. I remember thinking to myself, I would love to write a book like this.

Wyoming has turned into a novel of adventure. I like to compare it to Tom Sawyer being chased through the caves by Injun Joe. The Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming are comparable to the treacherous Misty Mountains in Tolkien's, The Hobbit. It started out more like The Men In Black, but it turned out to be similar to The Davinchi Code by Dan Brown.

I have always compared my writing style to Stephen King, but after looking back to some of my favorites I realize the books that have influenced my writing the most are the ones that hooked me a long time ago.