Some of the books that inspired me to write what I write:

  • Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Earthseed by Pamela Sargent
  • The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
  • Dragonsong and Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
  • The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle
  • The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce
  • And the New Mutants comic book series!

Some books that have made me cry:

  • The Time-Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  • Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud
  • City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Williams and Jon J Muth
  • The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall

Comfort reads:

  • The Anne of Green Gables books (well, most of them) by L. M. Montgomery
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  • The Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters
  • The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters
  • The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Beezus and Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
  • A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
  • The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

My favorite writing craft books:

  • Story by Robert McKee
  • The Fire in Fiction and Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
  • The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
  • Second Sight by Cheryl B. Klein

A few of my favorite things:

  • Long hot baths
  • Thunderstorms
  • Dr. Who
  • Hot black tea with a bit of milk
  • Mass Effect
  • Pistachio gelato
  • The X-Men
  • Tragic romance
  • Dead Can Dance
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Purple walls
  • Maxfield Parrish
  • Colorful socks