I am definitely a reader type of writer. As a child, I obsessively read everything I could, even the backs of the cereal boxes and tubes of toothpaste. A few books, of course, stand out more than any other.
A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle first opened my eyes to the different kinds of stories you can find in books—not just the typical story of babysitters or twins in Sweet Valley (though I read enough of those) but books where people weren’t people, and sometimes you do have to go out into the dark and stormy night to save the people you love.
CS Lewis’s CHRONICLES OF NARNIA were the first books where I realized there was more to the story than just the words on the page, and that affected me greatly for the rest of my life. It made me a stronger reader, looking for meaning in stories, and it made me a stronger writer, making me more aware of the importance of words.
I discovered Robin McKinley when I was in high school, and I have read THE HERO AND THE CROWN nearly every year since I was seventeen. There’s a passage in there, when Aerin returns to Tor and Arlbeth after battling the dragon, that I consider to be among the most perfect prose ever written. That book taught me that language itself can be beautiful and good.
And finally, I have to give credit to Agatha Christie. I ate her books up as a kid, and one story, the play THE MOUSETRAP really affected me and my desire to write a mystery, to layer in clues for the reader to find, and to cast about red herrings and guns on the mantelpiece.
Books are amazing, beautiful, astounding things—and I owe much to them all!
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
Published by Penguin 3rd March 2011 in the UK
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