Clarissa Johal: Tangled Tuesday-Five Fabulous Authors

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tangled Tuesday-Five Fabulous Authors

When I'm writing, I can't read works of fiction by other writers. As odd as it probably sounds, I have to keep other styles and ideas out of my head in order to "hear" what my characters have to say. I can read mythology and non-fiction, but everything else has to go bye-bye until I come up for air. This makes for a very tall and teetering stack of books beside my bed!

I do have a list of authors whose new releases I'll buy, regardless if I'm in the throes of writing or not. Here are five authors that have recently moved from the teetering TBR stack to my bookshelf. I found them inspirational within my genre of horror and paranormal and wanted to share!

1) Simone St. James  Excellent example of gothic horror and mystery, with a hint of romance. I just finished Silence for the Dead, which I loved. I also enjoyed An Inquiry into Love and Death and The Haunting of Maddy Claire. 

2) Amanda Stevens A twisted blend of paranormal and mystery, The Graveyard Queen series is well-worth reading. Start with The Restorer, if you're interested.

3) BROM  In addition to being a talented artist, he's also a very talented story-teller. If you haven't read his books and you like horror tinged with mythology, pick up or download a copy of Krampus: The Yule Lord or The Child Thief: A Novel. BROM is excellent at creating sympathetic antagonist characters.

4) Melissa Marr I really enjoyed her paranormal novel, Graveminder and look forward to more adult novels from her. If you like faerie mythology, the young adult Wicked Lovely series is good too.

5) Neil Gaiman I would buy anything from Neil. Don't tell him that, but I would. The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel was fantastic.

4 comments:

Heather Holden said...

The only authors I know from this list are Melissa Marr and Neil Gaiman... *shame on me* I just browsed Brom's site, and wow, his artwork is stellar! I love how off-kilter and unsettling many of his pieces are...

Clarissa Johal said...

It is cool, isn't it? Glad you checked it out :)

James Garcia Jr. said...

Hi, Clarissa. I'm getting ready to start penning that guest post, so i thought I would troll around your site for inspiration... I, too, just recently read that Gaiman book. I had yet to read any of his work. It was very good. I'll have to come back for more. Any suggestions?
Anyway, I hope you're having a good weekend. Talk to you soon...

-Jimmy

Clarissa Johal said...

Suggestions for Neil Gaiman books? Take your pick--they're all excellent. American Gods and Neverwhere are my favorites.